Australia will provide an estimated AU$477.3 million in bilateral funding to PNG in 2015-16. Total Australian Official Development Assistance (ODA) to PNG in 2015-16 will be an estimated AU$553.6 million. Australian ODA will help to meet development objectives in PNG, through investments in education; health; law and justice; and infrastructure and governance.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website has further information about Australia’s development assistance to PNG.
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), as part of the Australian Government’s official overseas aid program, links Australian agricultural scientific expertise with counterparts in Papua New Guinea (PNG), to develop collaborative research projects addressing a specific problem or to assist PNG to take advantage of new opportunities in the agriculture sector.
Collaboration with researchers in PNG is central to the development of all ACIAR’s projects. This creates home-grown and home-owned solutions that deliver results suited to the agricultural needs of PNG. Project design also encourages private sector, industry and non-government organisation (NGO) linkages.
ACIAR’s focus is on the Asia-Pacific region, reflecting that of the broader Australian aid program, and emphasises poverty reduction and improved livelihoods through more productive and sustainable agriculture.
The Direct Aid Program
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a small grants program funded by the Australian Government and managed by the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby. DAP aims to support small-scale projects with a strong development focus that complement Australia’s broader aid program. Funding is only available to community groups, NGOs and other organisations engaged in development activities on a not-for-profit basis.
The 2017‑18 DAP round is closed, and the next DAP round will open early in the 2018-19 financial year (July 2018–June 2019).
Applicants interested in applying through the 2018-19 DAP round can access the application forms here. Should you have any difficulty accessing the application or would like more information about DAP, please contact Port-Moresby.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that due to the competitive nature of the DAP and the high number of quality applications received, not all applicants will receive funding.