Australia investing in a safer, more sustainable aviation sector and a more connected Pacific

  • Media Release

The Australian Government will invest up to $100 million in the new five-year Australia-Pacific Partnerships for Aviation Program (P4A).

The program commenced in 2023-2024 and will work with Pacific countries to build a safer, more resilient and sustainable aviation sector.

A safe and reliable aviation sector is critical to the region's economic development and keeping Pacific communities and families connected across the Pacific.

Australia continues to engage with our Pacific Islands Forum member partners, determining how we can best support the region's aviation needs as we work together towards Blue Pacific 2050 objectives.

P4A will support relevant government ministries, airport authorities, aviation regulators and meteorological services and other stakeholders to improve aviation safety, quality and sustainability.

The program will also invest in improving aviation skills, capability and knowledge through targeted education and vocational skills initiatives for Pacific students at Fiji National University in Nadi, and Griffith University in Brisbane.

Quotes attributable to Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Pat Conroy:

"A safe and resilient aviation sector is essential to link Pacific Islands communities and connect them to the rest of the world.

"The aviation sector underpins tourism and other key sectors, driving growth and economic development. Aviation connectivity also supports communities in need and supports responses to disasters.

"The Australian Government is proud to be supporting our Pacific Islands family by investing in a more sustainable aviation sector and more connected Pacific Islands region."

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