Australian Government

Timely Donation For Security Forces

Police Commissioner, David Manning said the vests and helmets would ensure the security forces are able to maintain their operations effectively throughout the election period.

He said the appropriate vests or protection gears added an increased level of confidence to the members of the security forces.

Commissioner Manning made this remarks during the signing of the gifting agreement between the Australian Government and the Royal PNG Constabulary yesterday in Port Moresby.

ABG launches new campaign

The campaign: ‘Bougainville Stand Up Strong – Get Vaccinated! (Bougainville Sanap Strong – Kisim COVID Banis Sut) ‘features vibrant first term politicians Minister for Police, Emmanuel Kaetavara, and Women’s Member for North Bougainville, Amanda Masono, school principal Finlyn Mamats, and a range of health workers.

Minister Kaetavara said, “As political leaders, we must lead by example. By getting vaccinated, I can help protect myself, my family and my community.”

Australia’s single biggest investment

Australian High Commissioner, Jon Philp said this during the contract signing by the two governments for the rehabilitation of ports Infrastructure for the next 30 years.

The contract was signed at the APEC Haus to support the MOA signed in June 2021.  

K1.5b For Port Rehabilitation

Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison and Prime Minister James Marape met virtually on Friday, 21st of January to sign agreements for PGK1.5b (AUD$580 million) in upgrades and refurbishments to several priority ports.
Prime Minister Marape said the deal continued the support rendered under the PNG-Australia Comprehensive Strategic and Economic Partnership arrangement.

Cricket Pitch For Ahioma

This support is from the Australian Government and international cricketing partners.

Australian High Commissioner Jon Philp in a brief ground breaking ceremony last Tuesday launched the cricket pitch at the Lelehoa Primary School, Ahioma village, in front of a small crowd of enthusiastic cricket playing youngsters and cricketers from the Ahioma Cricket Association.

United Church Lauds Partnership

He was speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday 7th December, 2021

Rev. Siai on behalf of the host landowner, the United Church of PNG acknowledged first the two governments of PNG and Australia for seeing the need of the people of Motu Koitabu. He thanked the Motu Koita Assembly for its vision.

“I want thank Chairman of Motu-Koitaba for giving priority to the need of our Motu-Koitabu people. A man from this tribe and thank you for that vision. I know it was not easy, it was challenging to realise this vision,” Rev. Siai said.

Antivenom partnership extended

The announcement of the 2021-2023 extension coincides with International Snakebite Awareness Day on 19 September.

PNG has one of the highest localised snakebite rates in the world – with snakebite mortality rates in some parts of the country three times higher than malaria or tuberculosis.

However, more than 500 lives have been saved in PNG over the last three years through improved access to the timely administration of antivenom.

The partnership is an initiative of PNG’s National Department of Health, the Australian government and Seqirus Pty Ltd. 

Australia extends sympathies to quake-affected region

The quake struck in the early hours of 26 February and aftershocks continue to be recorded.

In a statement, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, said: “We are saddened to hear reports of lives lost and many people being injured. 

“Given the challenging terrain and remoteness of the area, we expect that the extent of the damage will become clearer in coming days.

“At the request of the Papua New Guinean Government, Australia is today providing a RAAF C-130 to conduct aerial surveillance and provide logistical support to the PNG Defence Force.

​Aust set to boost PNG tourism

In a recent introductory meeting with the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Emil Tammur, Australian High Commissioner, Bruce Davis, reaffirmed the willingness of his government to support and assist tourism projects and programs in preparation for APEC 2018 and beyond.

Both leaders discussed on how best they would work together to develop the industry and ensure maximum benefits from the sector reach the local people at the community level across the country.

Pacific women to get training on global business trade

Australian Awards is piloting a new Australia Awards short course that aims to help build the capacity of women to trade.

The ‘Australia Awards: Women Trading Globally’ course is offered to Pacific women with their own business who have the potential to become ‘export ready’. 

It will cover international trade and how one might be able to embark on the pathway of growing their business into new international markets.