Scott Morrison is sticking with Australia's climate change targets despite strong criticism from Fiji about the urgent need to move to cleaner energy.
The prime minister says Australia's emissions reduction targets will remain the same, but money will be spent to help Pacific nations tackle the effects of climate change.
Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama urged Australia to move to clean power sources.
"From where we are sitting, we cannot imagine how the interests of any single industry can be placed above the welfare of Pacific peoples and vulnerable people in the world over," he said in a speech on Thursday night.
Mr Morrison said Australia has "sensible, achievable commitments" that will ensure the economy continues to prosper.
"While at the same time respecting the need to address the real impacts of climate change, both here in the Pacific and elsewhere around the world," Mr Morrison said in response on Friday.
Mr Morrison said Australia's emissions reduction targets were discussed in a meeting with Mr Bainimarama on Thursday.
"We are already pursuing those policies in a way that I believe is consistent with what the prime minister is expecting of Australia," Mr Morrison said.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said the coalition government has no climate policy.
"It's a bit embarrassing that he had to go to Fiji to be told that he's doing nothing on climate change, when in fact millions of Australians could have told him that in Australia," Mr Shorten told reporters.
"I imagine the Pacific is very grateful for conservative politicians coming over and giving them lectures about doing nothing on climate change and then saying 'we want to be your friend'."
Mr Morrison also announced funding to support a Fijian team in the NSW rugby league super premiership, and a pre-season NRL game in Fiji in 2021.
And he visited Black Rock on Friday, where Australia is funding an expansion of the military training centre.
The centre will be used to train militaries from around the Pacific islands in peacekeeping, policing, and disaster recovery.
Mr Morrison turned the first sod on the project in Nadi, and praised Fiji's proud record of providing the United Nations with peacekeeping troops.
The announcements are part of a "vuvale" partnership - from the Fijian word for family - that Mr Morrison and Mr Bainimarama agreed to on Thursday.
Mr Bainimarama said the relationship had been "rocky" after his 2006 military coup, but the return of free elections in 2014 had led to a thaw with Australia.
Australian Associated Press