CANBERRA, Nov 8 AAP - Australia remains very sceptical of Fiji's promise to hold an election in 2014, says Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Ms Gillard said on Monday it was important for Australia, the United States and other nations to work together on Fiji to try to ensure the poll was held.
Her comment followed reports that the US and some other countries had talked directly with Fiji's government, bypassing moves to diplomatically isolate Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, installed in a coup.
Ms Gillard said when it came to Fiji, Australia supported pressure being maintained so that democratic elections were held.
"The Australian government is very sceptical that the elections which are supposed to be held in 2014 will actually occur," Ms Gillard told reporters.
"It's important to us, to the US, to the world generally, that we keep working together to maximise pressure on Fiji to give the Fijian people the appropriate opportunity to go out, exercise a vote and pick their government."
Ms Gillard said this would be discussed with the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton now in Australia for the annual Australia-US ministerial talks.
"The best thing is for us to be discussing is how we can best work together so we can maximise the pressure on Fiji," she said.