Enhanced security cooperation with Vanuatu

Media release
18 Nov 2018
Prime Minister

The Prime Ministers of Australia and Vanuatu are today announcing enhanced engagement to further build Vanuatu’s security capability.

This initiative underscores Australia’s commitment to working with Pacific partners to build a region that is secure strategically, stable economically and sovereign politically.

Australia’s enhanced engagement will include significant infrastructure upgrades for the Vanuatu Mobile Force and Police Maritime Wing, enhanced training and leadership opportunities for all three arms of the Vanuatu Police Force, and a new Defence Advisor in Vanuatu to support the strengthening of this important security relationship.

Australia will also provide additional support to the Vanuatu Police Force for new policing priorities including training for over 300 new police recruits.

Vanuatu and Australia will continue to deepen our security relationship, including through advancing a Bilateral Security Treaty.