First training attachment from Fiji

Fiji civic education manager

The Fiji Parliament's civic education and media manager is undertaking a week-long training program at the Victorian Parliament.

It is the first training attachment to Victoria for Fiji parliamentary staff since the recent signing of an historic twinning agreement between the Victorian and Fiji Parliaments.

Vatimosi Delailovu

Training attachment at the Victorian Parliament for Fiji Parliament's civic education and media manager Vatimosi Delailovu

Vatimosi Delailovu is working with staff who coordinate community outreach, media liaison and parliamentary education activities for the Victorian Parliament as he prepares to implement a community engagement strategy for the new Fiji Parliament.

Previously a secondary school teacher and training officer for Fiji’s Public Service Commission, Mr Delailovu joined Fiji’s parliamentary service soon after the re-establishment of the Fiji Parliament in October last year.

“Australian parliaments have done a lot of work on community engagement and I was keen to learn from my Victorian counterparts about how they manage their outreach activities,” Mr Delailovu said.

“I want to use the experience I have gained at the Victorian Parliament and the ideas we have worked on together to kick start our community engagement activities in Fiji next month.”

Mr Delailovu will also be undertaking a two day training program at the Australian federal parliament as part of his visit.

The twinning agreement commits the Fiji and Victorian Parliaments to exchanges of information, training activities together and exchanges of visits to assist with the professional development of parliamentarians and parliamentary staff.

In another initiative under the agreement, Wayne Tunnecliffe, who served as Victoria’s Legislative Council Clerk, is heading to Suva to provide procedural support, training and mentoring for senior Fiji parliamentary staff during a parliamentary sitting week.

Later this month, a staff member from the Victorian Parliament’s committee office, Sean Coley, will also travel to Fiji to assist with the training of Fijian parliamentary committee staff following the establishment of new committees in the Fiji Parliament.

The twinning project is part of the Pacific Parliamentary Partnerships program, which is being supported by funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Centre for Democratic Institutions at the Australian National University. It is being conducted in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme, which is coordinating a major international capacity building initiative that is supporting Fiji’s return to democracy.

View our video on the signing of the twinning agreement between the Fiji and Victorian Parliaments.

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