Victorian support for Fiji committees

Fiji committees

Newly established parliamentary committees in Fiji will be assisted by the Victorian Parliament.

A senior Victorian committee specialist is going on attachment to the Fiji Parliament to help train committee staff and to work with them in developing the processes and systems needed for effective committee work.

Six committees have been established by the new Fiji Parliament to review legislation, scrutinise the operation of government departments, consider petitions and review international treaties. They will be an important avenue for community consultation.

Fiji returned to democracy at the end of last year when the parliament met for the first time in eight years.

With many MPs and staff new to parliament, the United Nations Development Programme is coordinating an international effort to provide capacity building for the new Fiji Parliament.

Victoria is taking a lead role in the project through the Pacific Parliamentary Partnerships program, which links together Australian and Pacific parliaments through twinning arrangements. The program, conducted jointly with the federal parliament, is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Centre for Democratic Institutions at the Australian National University.

Since September last year Victorian MPs and senior procedural, human resource and community engagement staff have provided training and mentoring for their counterparts in Fiji.

The latest attachment to support Fiji’s parliamentary committees further strengthens the ties between the Parliaments of Victoria and Fiji.

Click here to see our news video on the Pacific Parliamentary Partnerships project for Fiji.

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