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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 improve their legal policy skills.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, participants in our Twinning Programs worked in our offices in Barton, Canberra for two months and received intensive training to improve their skills in legal policy development and legislative reform. This included formal training sessions and group discussions with expert speakers to encourage learning.

Participants undertook the department's Legal Policy Champions Program which included the Legal Development Course. On returning home, participants shared their knowledge and built institutional capability by delivering the Legal Policy Development Course to their home agency and across government.

After completing the Policy Champions Program, Twinning participants worked closely with our officers on a priority legal policy or law reform project with a crime or policing focus, as nominated by their home agency. Projects typically aligned with regional policy priorities of the Pacific Islands Law Officers' Network (PILON) and Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police – such as cybercrime, sexual and gender based violence, child abuse and/or illegal drugs.

Past participants actively engage with our network of Pacific policy alumni and PILON, including sharing their program experience in Talanoa, the PILON newsletter. Information about the Twinning Program and previous participants and projects is available to download below:

Next Twinning Program

The department is developing plans to deliver its next Twinning Program in the context of the risks and restrictions posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Please contact us for further information.

Contact details

Pacific Section
International Division
3-5 National Circuit BARTON ACT 2600