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Outcome Five: Strategic Policy

Defence Cooperation

South Pacific Region

Vanuatu

In Vanuatu, the Defence Cooperation Program is centred on engagement with the Force Headquarters, the mobile force and the maritime wings of the Vanuatu Police Force. It provides advisers, training and technical assistance. Training focused on enhancing Vanuatu's maritime and land surveillance capabilities and assisting police with coordination and contingency planning. Defence significantly contributed to the development of Vanuatu's police communications infrastructure through a dedicated project and the provision of an adviser to the Joint Operating Police Centre. Defence maintained its support to Vanuatu's Pacific patrol boat. The relative reduction in expenditure was due to administrative savings and reduced Defence Cooperation activity resulting from the political tensions in Vanuatu in 2004.

Solomon Islands

As key steps to reinvigorating Australia's Defence Cooperation Program with Solomon Islands, Solomon Islands Pacific patrol boat, RSIPV Auki , was refurbished and three Navy personnel were reinstated to their maritime surveillance and support roles with the Royal Solomon Islands Police. The second Solomon Islands patrol boat, RSIPV Lata , will become fully operational in the latter part of 2005.

Tonga

Defence Cooperation with Tonga focused on engagement with the maritime, air and land elements of the Tonga Defence Service through the provision of advisers, training, technical support and multilateral exercises. Defence contributed to engineering skills and infrastructure development in Tonga through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission - Army Community Assistance Program and supported the participation of Tonga's maritime force element in a multilateral regional exercise. Defence continued to provide assistance to Tonga for maintenance of its three Pacific patrol boats. The relative decrease in expenditure from the last reporting period was due to a low uptake in training opportunities.

Western Samoa

Defence Cooperation with Samoa centred on engagement with the Samoa Police Force's maritime wing through the Pacific patrol boat program. The Defence Cooperation Program provided advisers, training and technical support. Training for the maritime wing concentrated on professional and technical development of Samoa's maritime officers and operational experience through multilateral exercises. Defence completed the life extension program on the Nafanua , extending the life of the patrol boat out to 2020. Defence also provided technical and planning support to the initial stage of redeveloping the patrol boat wharf in Apia.

Cook Islands

Defence Cooperation with the Cook Islands centred on engagement with the maritime wing of the national police force with provision of an adviser, training and technical support under the Pacific patrol boat program. Training focused on professional development of maritime officers and enhancement of operational capabilities through a multilateral exercise. Defence continued to support maintenance of the Cook Islands' patrol boat. The relative decrease in expenditure from the last reporting period was due to a low uptake in both professional training opportunities and an underspend in the dedicated fuel subsidy for the patrol boat.

Fiji

Defence Cooperation with Fiji focused on training, the provision of advisers and support to infrastructure development. Training centred on the professional development of officers and senior soldiers through attachments, joint and multilateral exercises and the provision of scholarships. Advisers concentrated on developing basic skills within units. The armoury at Queen Elizabeth Barracks was completed in August 2004 and has substantially improved small arms security at the barracks. In addition, Defence provided support to Fiji's commitments to United Nations peace operations in Iraq and Solomon Islands. Defence also maintained its significant support to Fiji's three Pacific patrol boats. The relative decrease in expenditure from the last reporting period reflects a deferment of infrastructure projects to the 2005-06 financial period while the Fiji Government's force structure guidance is finalised.

Republic of the Marshall Islands

Defence Cooperation with the Republic of the Marshall Islands focused on support to the maritime wing of the police force through the provision of advisers and training under the Pacific patrol boat program. Training focused on professional development of the Marshall Island's Sea Patrol and the transfer of operational skills through substantial support to a multilateral exercise. In addition, Defence continued to assist with maintaining Marshall Island's Pacific patrol boat. The relative decrease in expenditure reflects administrative savings in project expenditure for this reporting period.

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