Australian High Commission
Papua New Guinea

Pacific Engagement Visa


Pacific Engagement Visa to deepen cultural connections, boost business and educational ties between PNG and Australia - 3 May 2024

Eligible Papua New Guinea nationals will be able to register for Australia's new Pacific Engagement Visa (PEV) program from 3 June 2024, providing new opportunities to live, work and study in Australia.

In 2024, the program will enable up to 1,350 PNG citizens to migrate to Australia as permanent residents each year.

This will grow PNG's diaspora in Australia, deepen cultural connections and the links between our people, boost business, and educational ties between Australia and PNG and support broader economic development in the region.

The PEV program will use an online ballot to randomly select participants, who can then apply for the visa, providing an equitable, streamlined and transparent system.

Applicants must secure a formal ongoing job offer in Australia and meet health and character requirements, before being granted a visa.

PNG nationals participating in the program will have access to a range of benefits to support settlement in Australia, including migrant settlement services, English language programs, public schools and healthcare, and financial supports to encourage participation in study and training.

For further information visit Pacific Engagement Visa program ( or visit the Pacific Engagement Visa page on Facebook (

For further information, including access to related materials, please contact the Australian High Commission media team: +675 7090 0100