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Papua New Guinea


PNG Education Program


Through the PNG Education Program, Australia and PNG are working together to address challenges in the education sector. This includes a commitment to increasing PNG’s basic education net enrolment rate from 53 per cent in 2007, to 73.4 per cent by 2015.

Australia is also supporting the PNG Department of Education (external website) in its goals to reduce class sizes, improve student performance, improve management capacity at all levels of the education system, and increase the participation of girls in schooling. The program includes support for school infrastructure and technical assistance to build capacity.  Australia also finances the Department of Education to enhance school standards, increase services for children with disabilities, and  train elementary school teachers.


heading foldResults to date

  • Built 296 classrooms, 90 teacher houses and 90 school toilet blocks in 2012 and 2013, enabling more than 11,800 students to study in a new classroom.
  • Over 469,000 children in 4,159 schools accessed tuition-fee free education as a result of Australia’s $12 million contribution towards PNG’s Tuition Fee Free subsidy initiative in 2013.
  • Completed $2.8 million worth of upgrades to Kerevat National High School—classrooms, specialist laboratories, water, sewerage and electrical systems.
  • Technical assistance is supporting completion of institutional and academic quality assessment at PNG’s universities which will allow them to access funds to improve quality and learning outcomes, including through twinning with Australian institutions.
  • Delivered over 1.6 million textbooks to more than 3,500 schools in 2011 and 2012.
  • Contributed to an increase in enrolments in basic education from 53 per cent in 2007 to 79 per cent in 2013.


Current Stage
Started 2011 Implementing Completion 2016


The following documents describe in more detail the PNG Education Program initiative*. Documents are uploaded as the initiative progresses. Find out more about the aid management cycle and the documents you can expect to find.

1. Policy & Direction Setting 2. Plan & Design 3. Implementation & Performance Management 4. Review & Evaluation

PNG–Australia Partnership for Development

Quality at Entry Report

Annual Program Performance Report 2010: Papua New Guinea

Schedule to the Papua New Guinea–Australia Partnership for Development, Priority outcome 1: Education

Delivery Strategy

Joint fraud statement between Australia and PNG

Papua New Guinea Annual Program Performance Report 2011


*The Australian aid program is committed to publishing documents and data concerning Australia’s official development assistance in a way that is comprehensive, accessible and current. Our practice is to publish documents once finalised and where appropriate after the partner government and any other partners directly involved in the delivery of the initiative have been consulted. Not all material published on this site is created by the Australian aid program and therefore not all documents reflect our views. In limited circumstances some information may be withheld for reasons including privacy and commercial sensitivity.

Last reviewed: 26 February, 2014