How we give aid to Papua New Guinea
The Australian aid program in PNG is implemented in accordance with the
PNG–Australia Partnership for Development. This sets out mutually agreed
priorities and commits Australia and PNG to work together to achieve improved development
outcomes and sustainable improvements in the quality of life for all Papua New Guineans.
Our approach to delivering the aid program in PNG has also been informed by
a major independent Review
of the PNG–Australia Development Cooperation Treaty, released in 2010.
A large component of Australian aid supports national government departments and
agencies. We are also working at the provincial and local levels and delivering
services directly where needed, including medical supplies and textbooks. Our aim
is to help the people that need to be helped now whilst helping the government strengthen
its ability to deliver essential services in the future. We focus on a few core
areas such as health and education, where Australia has particular strengths and
where impact is likely to be greatest.
Australia delivers the majority of its official development assistance with the
help of managing contractors who help us provide technical assistance, infrastructure
and other services, including essential funds to the Government and non-government
organisations. We also collaborate with non-government organisations (NGOs), churches,
civil society, other donors, regional organisations (such as the Asia Pacific Technical
College) and multilaterals (such as the World Bank) to provide support in areas
where they have expertise and local knowledge.
Australia and PNG have signed a statement on
zero tolerance of fraud in the aid program. Both Governments pledged to
ensure that the aid programme is transparently programmed and managed and delivered
effectively for the benefit of PNG citizens. As part of this commitment, the Government
of Australia agreed to use PNG Government systems and procedures where these processes
are suitably robust to minimise the risk of Australian aid funding being lost to
fraud or corruption; and where there is a demonstrated development benefit for PNG.
Both Governments reaffirmed the aid effectiveness principles to which they are equal
signatories including the localised version which is the
PNG Commitment on Aid Effectiveness, 2008–2012 [PDF 148kb] (external website).
Last reviewed: 1 November, 2013