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23 Mar 2018 description

Tropical Cyclone Gita hit Tonga on 12 February, damaging almost 4,000 houses and leaving 60,000 people without power.

Today we announce a $10.5 million package of Australian support to assist Tonga's recovery and reconstruction efforts following the cyclone.

This additional package of assistance will help restore community infrastructure such as schools and water supplies, and support farmers whose crops were devastated.

22 Mar 2018 description

An Australian ministerial visit to Tonga is aiming to see where else Canberra can help the country in the recovery from Cyclone Gita.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

21 Mar 2018 description

South Sudan’s political culture, including its current civil war, is international. This is due to the country’s history of mass migration and displacement, particularly during the last two civil wars from the early 1960s. By the end of the last century, approximately four million of its roughly ten million estimated residents had fled across South Sudan’s borders.

21 Mar 2018 description

Today we are pleased to launch the Australia-Pacific BRIDGE School Partnerships program as part of our commitment to strengthening links with our neighbours in the Pacific.

21 Mar 2018 description

By Papua New Guinea correspondent Eric Tlozek

Papua New Guinea forms a special team to negotiate with Australia's Home Affairs Department to ensure all refugees from Manus Island are resettled in a third country, soon.

The Papua New Guinea Government wants Australia to set a deadline to get refugees from Manus Island out of the country.

PNG has formed a special team to negotiate with Australia's Home Affairs Department to ensure all refugees from Manus Island are resettled in a third country, soon.

20 Mar 2018 description

Today during a visit to Port Moresby, I announce additional support for recovery and reconstruction efforts in Papua New Guinea’s highlands region following the devastating 7.5-magnitude earthquake on 26 February.

More than 125 people were killed by the earthquake and its aftershocks and the UN estimates 500,000 people have been affected.

Australia has been helping with relief efforts through emergency supplies and specialist personnel, transport and distribution in affected areas, helping to restore electricity and supporting vulnerable women and children.

20 Mar 2018 description

In Sumatra Indonesia, an innovative centre of learning is building the capacity of churches, community groups and local organisations to deliver effective community-based programs. It is called the Centre for Disaster Risk Management and Community Development Studies (CDRM&CDS), and it’s supported by Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS).

20 Mar 2018 description

AAF platforms and crews have combined with Australian Army CH-47F Chinooks to deliver thousands of pounds of essential aid to remote villages in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the wake of the recent earthquake.

On February 26, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake devastated villages across PNG, cutting off many roads.

With food, water and essential medicines running low, C-130J Hercules, from RAAF Base Richmond, began flying essential relief supplies as part of Operation PNG Assist 2018.

19 Mar 2018 description

Act for Peace and its local partner, the Organisation for Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR), are improving the quality of health care across 107 refugee camps in India. These camps house over 60,000 Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka.

The program achieves its success through linking refugees to essential healthcare services. It also provides nutrition support and personal development programs.

18 Mar 2018 description

On 18 March, Australia announced a ten year, $80 million commitment to continue our long-running collaboration with ASEAN to combat human trafficking in our region.

Combatting human trafficking is a priority for Australia and ASEAN. This transnational crime crosses borders and requires a regional response.

ASEAN-Australia Counter-Trafficking will build on our 15 year history of supporting improved criminal justice sector responses to this crime in ASEAN, including through our current investment the Australia-Asia Program to Combat Trafficking In Persons (AAPTIP).

15 Mar 2018 description
report Voice of America

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — International resettlement experts from seven countries are gathering in Sydney Wednesday to look at ways to help millions of people displaced by the war in Syria. The summit will also release the first results of a research project looking at how 12,000 refugees from the conflict have adapted to life in Australia.

A study funded by the Australian Research Council has tracked the lives of 200 Syrian and Iraqi families who have been resettled in the state of Queensland.

15 Mar 2018 description

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia must take a strong stand against ongoing crimes against humanity targeting Rohingya in Myanmar as they meet this weekend, Amnesty International said.

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s State Counsellor and de facto political leader, is expected to attend the ASEAN-Australia Summit, taking place in Sydney on 17-18 March.

14 Mar 2018 description


During 2017, almost 38,900 refugees were submitted by UNHCR for resettlement1 to 25 countries in Europe,2 36% more than during 2016 and over three times greater than the average rate of 12,400 submissions per year during the last decade.
Between 2007 and 2016, Europe’s proportion of resettlement sub-missions globally has increased from approximately 9% to more than 18%, and in 2017 reached 52%. This is primarily due to a significant decrease globally in new submissions for resettlement, most notably to the United States of America.

13 Mar 2018 description
  • Tropical Cyclone LINDA formed over Coral Sea (south of Solomon Island) on 12 March and started moving south, strengthening. On 13 March at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 500 km north-west of Panan city (Pott island, New Caledonia) and it had maximum sustained winds of 74 km/h (Tropical Storm).
  • Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to move south-west between the eastern coast of Queensland (Australia) and New Caledonia, slightly strengthening.
13 Mar 2018 description

Monash University's World Mosquito Programme says wolbachia bacteria can stop mosquitoes from spreading dengue and other diseases like chikungunya and zika.

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13 Mar 2018 description

Seven single men have made up the sixth group of refugees to leave Nauru for resettlement in the United States.

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10 Mar 2018 description


The present report is submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 34/32 in which the Council requested the High Commissioner to prepare and submit to the Council at its thirty-seventh session a comprehensive follow-up report with elaborated conclusions based upon information provided by States on the efforts and measures taken for the implementation of the action plan outlined in paragraphs 7 and 8 of resolution 34/32 and views on potential follow-up measures for further improvement of the implementation of that plan.

10 Mar 2018 description

As authorities start to get a clearer picture of the scale of the destruction caused by February's magnitude-7.5 earthquake, there are growing calls for PNG's government to order a formal inquiry into what caused it.

As authorities in Papua New Guinea start to get a clearer picture of the scale of the destruction caused by February's magnitude-7.5 earthquake, there have been growing calls for the government to order a formal inquiry into what caused the quake.

08 Mar 2018 description

Today I announce that Australia will increase its contribution to support Afghanistan in defeating terrorism and pursuing peaceful development and regional stability.

During a debate in the United Nations Security Council, I announced that the Australian Government will provide $60 million over three years in humanitarian assistance to help meet critical food security, protection and health needs of displaced people, refugees and host communities in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

08 Mar 2018 description
report Pacific Community

This International Women’s Day, a new EUR18.2 million regional programme to improve gender equality and address violence against women and girls is being announced.

The new Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls (Pacific Partnership) brings together governments, civil society organisations, communities and other partners to promote gender equality, prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG), and increase access to quality response services for survivors.