Australian High Commission
Papua New Guinea

Australian Federal Election 2019

The 2019 Australian federal election will be held on Saturday 18 May 2019. If you are an eligible Australian citizen living overseas you can still participate but you need to be enrolled.

To enrol, check or update your enrolment details visit The deadline for enrolling or updating your details for the federal election is 8pm, Thursday 18 April 2019 (Australian time in the electorate you’re enrolled).

Early voting will begin on Monday 6 May 2019 - see here for further information. Australian citizens wishing to vote in person at the Australian High Commission, Port Moresby are strongly encouraged to attend the High Commission early in the two week pre-polling period as high numbers of voters and long delays are expected on Election Day Saturday, 18 May 2019. Alternatively, you can apply for a postal vote online now at

If you are overseas and unable to vote, complete an overseas notification form and return it to the AEC. Being overseas is a valid reason for not voting.

Information in other languages can be found at




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 contact

If you are interested in learning more about the relationship between Papua New Guinea and Australia, please take a look at our new booklet: Papua New Guinea and Australia: Near Neighbours, Global Partners.

Latest news​


  • Flora uses family planning to reduce maternal deaths                                                                                                                                                                       Flora Iketa Tenakanai, 32, is passionate about reducing Papua New Guinea’s high maternal mortality rate through the provision of family planning services in East New Britain.The mother of three is a registered nurse at the new Marie Stopes clinic at Nonga General Hospital in Rabaul, which officially opened on 5 April. Flora provides family planning guidance to men and women at the clinic and during outreach services to remote villages. 

  • Australia, China and PNG continue cooperation through new health program                                                                                                           Representatives of the Australian, Chinese and Papua New Guinean Governments recently met in Port Moresby to discuss continuing cooperation in malaria and health security. The meeting noted the success of an existing Australia-China-PNG Pilot Cooperation on Malaria Control Project in Papua New Guinea and considered how trilateral cooperation could further strengthen health security in PNG.

  • Sohe women think business                                                                                                                                                                                                                            More than 30 women of Sohe District in the Northern Province have been taught essential skills of operating small to medium enterprises (SME) through the support of the Papua New Guinea-Australia partnership. 

  • Public servants ready to uphold core values                                                                                                                                                                                            More than 50 public servants completed an Ethical Leadership in Decision Making course in Port Moresby last month. It was supported by the PNG-Australia Partnership through the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct.
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