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Papua New Guinea


Australia Awards in PNG


Australia Awards scholarships develop capacity and leadership skills so individuals can contribute to PNG’s economic and social development. Australia Awards are principally offered for post-graduate and doctoral awards.  Diploma and under-graduate awards are also available to areas of agreed priority and for people with disabilities.

Australia Awards target PNG’s development priorities and build professional networks at the individual, institutional and country levels. Selection is merit based.

Australia Awards PNG program provide the following:

  • promote the Australia Awards program to potential applicants
  • vet and short-list applicants on an annual basis
  • support pre-departure preparation and travel of Australia Award recipients
  • give a one-off establishment allowance (for rental bond, text books etc) and an annual contribution to living expenses
  • monitor the progress of awardees during their studies
  • prepare graduates for reintegration into PNG after their studies are finished
  • strengthen PNG’s professional associations and the PNG Australian Alumni Association.

Results to date

  • Australia Award Alumni are contributing specialist skills to:
    • tackle complex health issues such as TB, HIV & AIDS and maternal health
    • develop and maintain infrastructure vital for PNG’s economic growth
    • strengthen PNG’s universities and higher education sector which enables more young Papua New Guineans to access high quality education
    • enhance PNG’s public service with advanced public sector management practices.
  • In 2013, 203 new Awards for study in Australia were funded (162 long term Awards; 41 short term Awards).
  • In 2012, 161 awardees commenced study in Australia; more than 50 per cent were women.
  • In 2012, 133 awardees graduated.
  • In 2011, 85 awardees graduated .
  • In 2013, 450 new awardees in PNG studied midwifery (104); nursing (150); community health work (176); and secondary teaching (20). These graduates will lead to improved service delivery.
  • From 2007–2012, 908 long‐term awards and 300 short‐term awards for study in Australia were offered.
  • In 2012 and 2013, 19 small grants were provided to PNG professional associations.



Current Stage
Started 2009 Implementing Completion 2015



The following documents describe this initiative in more detail*. 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 Minute

Monitoring and Evaluation plan

Joint fraud statement between Australia and PNG

Design document

Base Line Data Analysis

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

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