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Australia Pacific Technical College

Overview of Australia Pacific Technical College ($152 million, 2011–2015)

This four-year program aims to expand the Australia Pacific Technical College and improve its cost effectiveness. The College supports labour mobility and increased incomes in the region by improving the skills of Pacific workers. Stage two will add a Solomon Islands campus to those in Fiji, PNG, Samoa and Vanuatu. It will increase the use of locally-based trainers and managers and simplify college management. The program will improve cooperation with regional and national training institutions throughout the Pacific.

Planned outcomes include:

  • increased supply of skilled workers (800–900 graduates per year)
  • pacific Island women and men with Australian trade  qualifications
  • better national, regional and international jobs for Pacific workers in targeted sectors (automotive, manufacturing, electrical, tourism, hospitality, health and community services)
  • individuals and organisations in targeted industries and sectors are more productive.



heading fold Results to date

  • 3,734 Pacific trade workers graduated during Stage 1, including more than 1,000 from Fiji.
  • About 35 per cent of graduates gained new and better employment.
  • 70 per cent of employers confirmed that employees who had been trained at the college were more productive after their course.


Current Stage
Started 2007 Implementation and Performance Management Completion 2019



The following documents describe in more detail the Australia Pacific Technical College initiative*. Documents are uploaded as the initiative progresses.

Find out more about the aid management cycle and the documents you can expect to find.

Pacific Education and Skills Development Agenda

Australia Pacific Technical College Monthly Report (November 2011)

Australia–Pacific Technical College—Mid-Term Review 2009

Australia Pacific Technical College Concept Document

Australia Pacific Technical College Quality at Entry (QAE) Report

Australia Pacific Technical College Design Document


*The Australian aid program is committed to publishing documents and data concerning Australia’s official development assistance in a way that is comprehensive, accessible and current. Our practice is to publish documents once finalised and where appropriate after the partner government and any other partners directly involved in the delivery of the initiative have been consulted. Not all material published on this site is created by the Australian aid program and therefore not all documents reflect our views. In limited circumstances some information may be withheld for reasons including privacy and commercial sensitivity.

Last reviewed: 1 November, 2013