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The Australian Government has made changes to functions overseen by the Attorney-General's Department and Department of Home Affairs. These changes involve the transfers of:

  • identity and biometrics functions into the Attorney-General's Department
  • protective security policy and government and major event security functions to the Department of Home Affairs.

Pacific law and justice program

Consistent with the Australian Government's aid policy, support for effective law and justice systems is essential to Australia's strategic priorities in the region including buffering against state fragility, providing the foundations for economic growth and ensuring community safety. Our department works to strengthen criminal and policing frameworks in the Pacific, by supporting Pacific law and justice agencies to develop and implement laws that respond to law and justice priorities for the region.

Our department leads Australia's contribution to the Pacific Islands Law Officers' Network, a regional network of senior Pacific law and justice officials promoting justice and the rule of law, by sharing expertise and experiences and strengthening regional cooperation on key law and justice issues. The PILON Secretariat is based in Apia, Samoa.

We also work with individual Pacific Island countries to provide strategic technical assistance on legal reform projects. Each year, our department runs training and development programs to help strengthen the policy skills of Pacific law and justice officers. These programs are part of our department's involvement in the Pacific Police Development Program (PPDP), which we deliver in partnership with the Australian Federal Police to improve operational effectiveness of Pacific policing organisations. 

General information about our programs is available on the following pages:

Contact details

Pacific Section
International Cooperation Unit
3-5 National Circuit BARTON ACT 2600