Australian High Commission
Papua New Guinea

Support to Highlands earthquake response

Australia is supporting the ongoing relief effort in the Highlands after the devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake on 26 February and associated aftershocks. Australian Defence Force assets, including three CH47F Army Chinook helicopters and an Australian C130J transport aircraft, are distributing much-needed humanitarian supplies to communities who need them. Supplies include purification equipment to ensure water is safe to drink; tents and sleeping mats to house families whose homes were destroyed; and electrical transformers to re-establish power supply in affected homes and businesses.

We are also assisting with damage assessments through the Department of Works; supporting vulnerable women and children in the affected area in partnership with UN agencies; and by providing humanitarian and logistics specialists to coordinate relief efforts with the PNG Government. Australia is also working closely with international agencies and corporate foundations to ensure our aid reaches those who need it most.  More information is available in the Highlands earthquake factsheet.



Welcome to the website of the Australian High Commission in Papua New Guinea. We hope you find this website useful and informative.

Australia is a close friend and partner of PNG. Our relationship is strong on many levels. It is born of history and geography and covers the full range of bilateral interests. Close partnerships exist between governments, businesses and people in both countries.

The Australian Government shares a common aspiration for a stable and prosperous Papua New Guinea. Our assistance is designed to help the PNG Government achieve its key development goals.

Australia itself is a stable, democratic and multi-cultural society with a strong competitive economy and a tradition of scientific and innovative excellence. The quality of life enjoyed by people in Australia is one of the highest in the world. This website contains more information for people interested in going to Australia.

We would like to encourage all Australian citizens and permanent residents in PNG to register with the Australian Government through the High Commission or Smartraveller at

Registering with the High Commission is beneficial and easy. The registration information provided by you will help us to find you in an emergency. It may also be used to pass other information to you such as new Travel Advisories, notice of elections, and important information relevant to travellers and expatriates.

Registration must be self-motivated. There is no automatic registration when you get a passport, a visa or a job in PNG. Long term residents should regularly check to see if their registration is current.

If you wish to register or if you think that your registration may have lapsed please call the High Commission on +675 7090 0100 or send an e-mail to to request a registration form. You can also register online at When doing so please include your email address.

For visa enquiries please send an email to the visa office or the visa service provider

Latest news​

  • PNG talks focus on illicit tobacco and maritime security                                                                                                                                                                    Illicit tobacco, APEC 2018 and maritime and border security were key topics at the 5th Customs Forum hosted by PNG Customs Service Acting Commissioner, Border Security and Regional Operations Benjamin Sine and Australian Department of Home Affairs Regional Director Pacific James Watson. 

  • 59 local community rangers graduate in South Fly District                                                                                                                                                         Twenty-two women are among 59 community rangers from the South Fly District of Western Province who graduated this week through the Building Resilience in Treaty Villages (BRTV) project.

  • Papua New Guinea and Australia sign Climate Change Action Plan                                                                                                                                            Papua New Guinea and Australia have agreed on a Climate Change Action Plan, which reaffirms their commitment to work in partnership on addressing climate change challenges.

  • Australian High Commissioner announces new health project in West Sepik                                                                                                                             The Vanimo General Hospital and Raihu District Hospital in West Sepik Province are the latest recipients of an Incentive Fund grant under the Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership. 

  • Women with disability form advocacy network                                                                                                                                                                                             A national consultation is underway to develop a five year strategic plan for the Women With Disability Network (WWDN). Women with disabilities from across the country have gathered in Port Moresby this week to formalise the network for support, empowerment and advocacy.                                                                                                                                                                              

  • 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper

  • The Australian High Commissioner’s speech on Papua New Guinea in the Asian century has been ranked among the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) top 10 speeches in 2017.

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