Australian Consulate-General
Noumea, New Caledonia
French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna

Relations between Australia and French Polynesia

The Australian Consulate-General in Noumea is accredited to French Polynesia. Representatives of the Australian Consulate-General regularly visit French Polynesia. Since 1990, an Honorary Consul has provided an official presence in French Polynesia.

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New Colombo Plan

In 2016, the Australian Government decided  to increase the list of eligible destinations of the New Colombo Plan to include French Polynesia. 

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Official visit to French Polynesia - April 2015

Australia’s security and defence links with the French Pacific were a focus of official visits to French Polynesia and New Caledonia by the Vice Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Vice-Admiral Raymond Briggs (2-5 May) and from 18-24 April by AFP Senior Liaison Officer for the Pacific, Detective Inspector Murray Taylor, accompanied by Deputy Consul-General Glenda Price.

In an historic visit, Vice-Admiral Briggs travelled to Tahiti for an intensive one-day program comprising high-level briefings, a visit to the Régiment de service militaire adapté de Polynésie française (RSMA) and the naval docks, a night flight landing exercise and calls on French Polynesian President Edouard Fritch with members of his cabinet, and French High Commissioner Lionel Beffre. Vice Admiral Briggs updated interlocutors on the development of Australia’s enhanced Maritime Security Program. With its 5 million square kilometre EEZ and even larger search and rescue zone, French Polynesia is a key partner for Australia in collaborating on maritime issues in the region. In New Caledonia, Vice-Admiral Briggs noted the excellent bilateral collaboration between the Armed Forces of New Caledonia (FANC) and the Australian Defence Force.

Detective Inspector Murray Taylor and Deputy Head of Post Glenda Price and made a range of calls designed to build on existing collaboration between Australia and French Polynesia, with the goal of tackling transnational crime in the Pacific region. The visit was focused on renewing and enhancing links between Australian and French Polynesian law enforcement agencies. Mr Taylor also participated in Anzac Day related events, including the opening of the exhibition “Anzac Day et Papeete - Memories de la Première Guerre Mondiale “ at the Papeete Town Hall, and in a screening of the film Gallipoli, followed by a Q&A.

Photo 1: French Polynesian President Eduoard Fritch (right) with Deputy Consul-General Glenda Price, Australia’s Honorary Consul in Papeete, Marc Siu and AFP Detective Inspector Murray Taylor (left).

Photo 2: Military honours for Vice Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Vice-Admiral Raymond Briggs (left) with Admiral Bernard-Antoine Morio de l’Isle, head of the armed forces in French Polynesia and FAPF headquarter in Papeete. Photo: J. Bellenand, Marine Nationale

Photo 3: Vice-Admiral Briggs discusses Australia’s maritime security program with French High Commissioner Lionel Beffre (right) and Admiral Morio de l’Isle. Photo: J. Bellenand, Marine Nationale.


Official visit to French Polynesia - February 2015

As part of reinforcing the ongoing bilateral relations between Australia and French Polynesia, Australian Consul-General Heidi Bootle met with a range of French Polynesian interlocutors during her official visit in February. It was an opportunity to meet with the new President of French Polynesia, Edouard Fritch, elected in September 2014, as well as French High Commissioner to French Polynesia, Lionel Beffre. The visit was an occasion to discuss pertinent topics for French Polynesia, including tourism and education.

Photo 1: Australian Consul-General Heidi Bootle meets with President of French Polynesia Edouard Fritch.

Photo 2: Official opening of the Student Fair:
(L-R) Minister of Employment Tea Frogier, Deputy Mayor of Papeete Danièle Teaha, Minister of Education Nicole Sanquer, French High Commissioner to French Polynesia Lionel Beffre, Medef President Olivier Kressman, Australian Consul-General Heidi Bootle and President of the University of French Polynesia Eric Conte.

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Official visit to French Polynesia - August 2014

Australia’s bilateral relationship with French Polynesia centres around economic and education exchanges. To carry forward discussions in these areas, Consul-General, Heidi Bootle, and Policy Officer, Ben Fuluhea, visited Papeete. Meetings were held with local authorities, including the President.

Papeete-based Honorary Consul, Marc Siu assists the Australian Consulate-General in Noumea by providing consular assistance as needed. The Honorary Consul accompanied the delegation on meetings in Papeete.

Other meetings included the Secretary General of the French High Commission in Papeete, Gilles Cantal, President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Employment (CCISM), Stephane Chin Loy and President of the University of French Polynesia, Eric Conte, on the potential partnerships for the Australia Awards scholarship program.

Discussions were held with Minister for Education, Michel Leboucher, about our ongoing partnership on the Australia Awards program, including for the selection process for 2014-2015.

Read the speech given by Consul-General at a media conference.