In order to address the shared security challenges in the Pacific region, Australia Saturday announced to establish Australia Pacific Security College (APSC) in partnership with the Australian National University,
APSC will help to bolster security cooperation in the Pacific and will deliver strategic security and leadership training to Pacific security agencies.
It has been developed in consultation with Pacific Island Forum members, who have identified training needs and priorities.
“This initiative will complement our Pacific Fusion Centre, which will inform responses to the security challenges our region faces, including illegal fishing, people smuggling and drug trafficking”, Foreign Minister Marise Payne said in her statement.
The College will establish a pool of technical advisors to support security policy development and implementation in the region.
Its alumni network will help Pacific Island Forum countries share knowledge and build a community of practice on regional security issues. It will support close collaboration on cross-border matters.