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Pacific Legal Policy Twinning Program

The Pacific Legal Policy Twinning Program provides a unique opportunity for high potential Pacific law and justice officers to undertake a two month placement in our department and improve their legal policy skills.

Participants will work in our department's offices in Barton, Canberra for two months. We provide intensive training to improve participant's skills in legal policy development and legislative reform. This will include formal training sessions and group discussions with expert speakers to encourage learning.

We also support participants to share their knowledge and build institutional capability by training them to deliver AGD's Legal Policy Development Course when they return home. There is also potential for our department to provide follow-up mentoring, policy and/or law reform support where requested by the applicant's home agency.

We expect participants to actively engage with our network of Pacific policy alumni and the Pacific Islands Law Officers' Network (PILON). This includes sharing their program experience in Talanoa, the PILON newsletter.
Information about our Pacific Legal Policy Champions Program and previous participants is available to download below:

During the placement

During the first two weeks, participants will undertake the Legal Policy Champions Program.

After completing the Policy Champions Program, the key focus for Twinning participants will be to work closely with officers in our department on a priority legal policy or law reform project that is nominated by the participant's home agency.

To be considered, the project must have a crime or policing focus. Projects that align with regional policy priorities of the Pacific Island Law Officers' Network and Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police – such as cybercrime, sexual and gender based violence, child abuse and/or illegal drugs – will be considered favourably.

The project may be one that the agency is already working on, or one that the agency intends to develop or become involved with, in the near future. The project should also be on an issue that the applicant is likely to be involved in progressing when they return home after the program.

How to apply

Applications for 2018 have now closed.

Applications for the 2019 programs are expected to open in June 2019.

There are three places available on this program. Participants are selected through a competitive application process against the selection criteria. Participation is subject to passport, visa and security clearances.