Fiji is a group of more than 800 volcanic and coral islands across 18,000 square kilometres of ocean. English, Fijian and Hindi are the official languages of a population of about 880,000. Fiji’s major religions are Christianity, Hinduism and Islam.
Ensuring equitable access to quality health and education services is a key development challenge in Fiji. Rising inequality adversely affects the rural poor, women and people living with disabilities. Fiji is also vulnerable to the effects of climate change and extreme weather events.
Australia and Fiji have an enduring relationship, underpinned by strong people-to-people links and longstanding trade and investment ties. Australian aid to Fiji supports increased private sector development and includes gender-focused and disability-focused initiatives.