Australian support for the 2023 Pacific Games

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The Hon Richard Marles MP

Deputy Prime Minister

Minister for Defence

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Penny Wong

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Michelle Rowland

Acting Attorney-General

The Hon Pat Conroy MP

Minister for Defence Industry

Minister for International Development and the Pacific

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Annika Wells

Minister for Aged Care

Minister for Sport

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12 November 2023

Australia is supporting Solomon Islands to host a safe and successful 2023 Pacific Games through our $17 million Pacific Games Partnership and additional personnel deployments, at the request of the Solomon Islands Government.

The 2023 Pacific Games is one of the region’s biggest events, bringing together about 5,000 athletes, officials and support staff from 24 Pacific teams, in Honiara from 19 November to 2 December 2023.

Australia will deploy around 100 additional Australian Federal Police (AFP) personnel to join more than 50 colleagues already in the Solomon Islands as part of the Solomons International Assistance Force (SIAF).

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will supplement this deployment to support the SIAF, with 350 personnel who will assist in security, logistics and other support roles.

The AFP and ADF personnel will work under the leadership of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) alongside partners from Papua New Guinea, Fiji and New Zealand, to support a safe and secure event.

Under Australia’s Pacific Games Partnership, almost $17 million in direct support will leave a lasting legacy in Solomon Islands, including upgrades to seven schools and deeper ties with Australian sporting institutions. 

Australia has a long-term commitment to sports development in the Pacific and we are pleased to be assisting Pacific athletes and sporting institutions from across the region. 

Australia will be represented by a 75-strong team, that will compete in events including athletics, archery, boxing and weightlifting. Some competitions are qualifying events for the Paris Olympics for some sports.

Quotes attributable to the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Richard Marles MP:

“Australia and Solomon Islands have a deep and enduring history, and we’re proud to continue working together under our Bilateral Security Treaty, and with Pacific partners, to support the hosting of a safe and secure Pacific Games.

“The additional AFP and ADF deployment builds our longstanding security partnerships across the Pacific.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Penny Wong:

“The Pacific Games demonstrates the shared love of sport across the Pacific.

“We hope that the Games will be an inspiration for people of all ages, gender and those with disability, to enjoy and participate in sports across the Pacific.”

Quotes attributable to Acting Attorney-General, the Hon Michelle Rowland MP:

“Building on the AFP’s long-standing and well-established partnership with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, the AFP has been working closely with the RSIPF to build capability ahead of the Pacific Games to deliver a safe and successful event.

“We are proud to have the AFP supporting this significant event, standing side-by-side with not only the RSIPF, but police counterparts from other Pacific countries including Papua New Guinea.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Hon Pat Conroy MP:

“The Games’ theme of ‘Challenge, Celebrate, Unite’ will bring together athletes and communities, as we celebrate the achievements of the Pacific’s sporting talent.

“I thank and congratulate Solomon Islands for hosting this important event which brings us together both on and off the field.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, the Hon Anika Wells MP:

“The Pacific Games will be a brilliant exhibition of athleticism, inclusion and competition and provide another example of how our journey to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games is about more than just Australia.

"We wish all athletes and the organisers a successful Pacific Games.”

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