Pacific Islands

Australia in the Pacific Islands

Australia in the Pacific Islands is one of a series of briefings published by the Nautilus Institute at RMIT, for the “Australian Forces Abroad” series of briefing bookshttp://dev

As well as major overseas deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq, Australia has deployed military, police and intelligence personnel closer to home – to Timor-Leste and the small island states of the Pacifichttp://dev

Note: For budgetary reasons, most sections of this Briefing Book, other than Australian Defence Facilities ceased being updated in December 2010. 

Since the late 1990s, Australia has deployed police, troops or naval vessels to Solomon Islands, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Nauru, and extended joint operations with New Zealand and other member states of the Pacific Islands Forumhttp://dev The largest deployments include Australian involvement in the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), the Enhanced Co-operation Program (ECP) to Papua New Guinea, and extensive operations by the Australian Federal Police (AFP)http://dev

The Nautilus Institute is developing a series of country specific sites (listed below) on Australian operations in the Pacifichttp://dev However a number of police and military programs operate at regional rather than national level – thus “Australia in the Pacific Islands” includes briefings on a number of multi-country programs that operate in the region, such as the Law Enforcement Co-operation Program (LECP), the AFP’s Pacific Transnational Crime Network, or the Pacific Patrol Boat Programhttp://dev


About Australian Forces Abroad and Australia in the Pacific islands

Australian Defence Force regional programs

Australian Federal Police

Attorney General’s Department

Country briefing books for the Pacific region

Australia in Solomon Islands

Australia in Timor-Leste (East Timor)

Australia in Tonga

Australia in Fiji (forthcoming)

Australia in Papua New Guinea (forthcoming)

Australia in Vanuatu (forthcoming)

Australia in Nauru (forthcoming)

Australian Forces Abroad – Australia in the Pacific Islands

Project coordinator: Richard Tanter

Project researcher: Nic Maclellan

URL: http://gchttp://dev