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Pacific Technical Assistance Mechanism (PACTAM)

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Assignment title Closing date
PACTAM - Education Financial Management Adviser 14 Dec 2014
PACTAM Deputy Secretary - Planning and Development 23 Nov 2014
PACTAM Trade Metrology Adviser 23 Nov 2014
PACTAM Water and Sanitation Adviser 23 Nov 2014
PACTAM - Strategic Planning and Development Advisor 23 Nov 2014

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Much more than a sea change

The Pacific Technical Assistance Mechanism (PACTAM) is an Australian Government, Australian aid initiative (managed by AVI) that responds to requests for technical assistance from Pacific governments and agencies by recruiting professionals from Australia and other countries for assignments that cannot be filled locally.

PACTAM deployees work with Government Ministries, Statutory Authorities and Pacific regional organisations.


PACTAM participants in action - watch the videos

Check out the work of PACTAM participants in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. The following videos highlight how PACTAM is responding to health, finance, agriculture, infrastructure and water and sanitation challenges in the Pacific region.

Express your interest in PACTAM

To express your interest in PACTAM, please call Ann Ray on 03 9279 1707, or email


PACTAM provides

  • Remuneration at Australian market rates, with moderate expatriate benefits
  • Accommodation
  • Allowances for children
  • Establishment and repatriation allowances
  • Mobilisation services including flights, visas and work permits
  • Medical and travel insurance, and 24-hour emergency assistance
  • Cultural effectiveness training and in-country orientation
  • Ongoing assignment monitoring, support and debriefing
  • Access to goods or equipment to support assignments

Where PACTAM operates

PACTAM works in 12 countries across the Pacific including::

  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Nauru
  • Niue
  • Palau
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu

PACTAM assignments

PACTAM assignments cover a wide range of occupations, and are open to people of all nationalities. Candidates participate in a competitive recruitment process and cultural effectiveness training. Assignments are primarily longer term (1-2 years) but shorter assignments are sometimes required.

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