Australia and Fiji share a strong bilateral relationship with extensive people-to-people links and important trade and investment ties.
Australia and Fiji have extensive people-to-people links. Over 3,000 Australian companies do business in Fiji and 61,000 people born in Fiji live in Australia. Fiji is also one of the top destinations for Australians. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Australians represented the largest cohort of visitor arrivals in Fiji and over 367,000 Australians visited Fiji in 2019 (see Fiji Bureau of Statistics).
There are regular two-way exchanges between Australia and Fiji, including through the Australia Awards, New Colombo Plan, Australian Volunteers Program and the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme.
Trade and investment ties
Australia is one of Fiji's largest trade and investment partners, with two-way goods and services trade totalling $1.87 billion in 2019-20. While COVID-19 has seen reductions in both goods and services trade between Australia and Fiji, trade had been steadily increasing year-on-year before the pandemic.
Australia is a major source of foreign investment for Fiji, valued at approximately $1.47 billion in 2019. Australian investment in Fiji is focused on tourism, the financial sector and manufacturing.
Fiji's investment in Australia was valued at $405 million in 2019.
For more information on the bilateral trade and investment relationship, please see the Fiji country fact sheet.
Australia and Fiji work together in multilateral forums as fellow members of the UN, World Trade Organization, Commonwealth, and Pacific Islands Forum. Fiji is the Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum in 2021-22. Fiji was elected to the UN Human Rights Council for the 2019-21 term, overlapping with Australia's 2018-20 term. Fiji's Presidency of the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change oversaw successful negotiations on the Rulebook and the establishment of the 'Talanoa Dialogue' ministerial-level review of global action on climate change. Australia provided $6 million to support Fiji's Presidency.
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