Minister for Defence and Minister for Foreign Affairs – Additional humanitarian assitance to Vanuatu

Today we announce additional assistance for people affected by volcanic activity on Vanuatu’s Ambae Island, and the conclusion of the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to the relief and recovery effort.

The additional assistance will enable NGOs and the Government of Vanuatu to extend affected communities’ access to basic services, including education and healthcare. It will allow displaced people to resume more normal lives following their evacuation to the nearby islands of Espiritu Santo, Maewo and Pentecost and upon their return to Ambae Island.