Australian volunteer Sally Dowling working with local collegue at Habitat for Humanity in Fiji. Photo: D. James


Fiji is an archipelago of 330 tropical islands in the South Pacific. A former British colony, this South Pacific nation is rich in natural resources. It is known for a diverse selection of landscapes of blue lagoons and palm-lined beaches. The major islands, Vanua Levu and Viti Levu, hold the majority of the 800,000 population but due to geographical distance of the islands Fiji remains sparsely populated.

Fast facts
Development challenges

Country history

Since 1967, Australian volunteers have focused on improving the capacity of Fijians and Fijian institutions, and peacefully managing the complex social and economic challenges underlying the process of development. 

Over the years, volunteers have been involved in important capacity-building roles in education, governance, health, workforce skills development, environment and infrastructure. These volunteers have participated actively in the collective belief and commitment of the volunteer program, the people and the Government of Fiji to improving the lives of the nation’s main assets - its people. 

Our country staff

Fiji and the North Pacific

Fiji and the North Pacific

80 McGregor Road
Suva, Fiji

(Post: PO Box 281, Suva, Fiji)

Our priority areas

Improving human development

Australian volunteers support initiatives to address non-communicable diseases, Mental Health, Maternal and Child health and health systems strengthening. Assignments support community-based vocational training institutions through relevant curriculum development; strengthening of training and teaching; and providing overall administrative and governance support.

Supporting gender empowerment

Volunteers support women’s groups in institutional strengthening and improved program delivery. Assignments also support the government initiatives in Child Protection.

Improving disability inclusion

Volunteer assignments support Disabled People’s Organisations to increase disability inclusiveness in all areas.

Strengthening disaster risk reduction efforts

Australian volunteers support national disaster emergency response with Government departments and Civil Society organisations, pre-positioning of relief supplies, working with communities to reduce potential risks and developing initiatives in climate change adaptation. 

Improve sports for development efforts

Assignments support local sporting organisations and initiatives as a useful way to address issues related to health (particularly non-communicable diseases like diabetes), community development, disability inclusion and gender equality.

Increased Private Sector development

Volunteers also provide technical skills to strengthen and improve sustainable livelihood programs and help develop innovative ideas. Assignments support institutional strengthening of organisations supporting livelihoods work in communities and build capacity of small to medium businesses that are locally owned.