Elevating the Australia-Tuvalu relationship under the Falepili Union

  • Joint media release with:

The Hon Pat Conroy MP, Minister for International Development and the Pacific

Australia and Tuvalu are taking the next steps in enacting our shared vision for the Falepili Union, which will help safeguard our collective peace, security and sovereignty.

During the bipartisan visit to Funafuti, Australia and Tuvalu committed to a joint statement and explanatory memorandum, which outline how the Agreement will deliver on its key objectives.

Today we announce that Australia will invest more than $110 million in response to immediate priorities:

  • $50 million (in 2024-25) to support Tuvalu to secure its first undersea telecommunications cable, alongside $25 million from likeminded partners
  • $19 million in additional support to extend the Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project (TCAP), taking Australia's total contribution to TCAP to $38 million
  • $10 million in immediate budget support (over 2023-24 and 2024-25) to ensure delivery of critical services
  • $15 million for a new National Security Coordination Centre in Tuvalu

Recognising the importance of protecting Tuvalu's critical maritime resources, Australia will also fast track the replacement of Tuvalu's Guardian-class Patrol Boat.

Our two countries are working together to also deliver on the Falepili Union's vision for development, mobility with dignity, security upgrades and security cooperation.

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

"Australia has elevated our partnership with Tuvalu, underpinned by our historic Falepili Union. Together we will protect the future of Tuvalu's people, identity and culture.

"Australia is investing in projects that will have a real impact for the people of Tuvalu, including the Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project which is reclaiming land, and Tuvalu's first undersea telecommunications cable."

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

"Australia and Tuvalu are neighbours and friends. Australia's support will help Tuvaluans to continue to live and prosper in their territory, retaining their deep, ancestral connections to land and sea.

"We will continue listening and delivering on Tuvalu's priorities to ensure the long-term prosperity of its people."

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