Australian Development Cooperation
Australia will provide an estimated $479.2 million in bilateral funding to Papua New Guinea in 2022-23. Total Australian Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Papua New Guinea in 2022-23 will be an estimated $596.2 million. Australian ODA will help to meet development objectives in Papua New Guinea, including through investments in economic growth, education, health, law and justice, infrastructure, gender and subnational priorities.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website has further information about Australia’s development assistance to Papua New Guinea.
QUICK ACCESS - Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership current programs - links and factsheets
Accountability and Governance programs
- Building Community Engagement Program (BCEP) - DFAT website
- Combatting Corruption in PNG - DFAT website
Climate Change and Humanitarian Programs
- Australia NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) - DFAT website
- Climate Change - PNG Australia Climate Change Action Plan - DFAT website
- PNG Disaster Risk Reduction Program - DFAT website
Defence Cooperation Program
- Pacific Regional Market Access (PHAMA Plus) - DFAT website
- Market Development Facility (MDF) - DFAT website
- Market Development Facility (website)
- Australia - Papua New Guinea Economic Partnership
- Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM Scheme) - DFAT website
- Pacific Labour Mobility Program (website)
- Australia Awards in Papua New Guinea - DFAT website
- PNG-Australia Parternship for Secondary Schools (PASS) initiative - DFAT website
- Australian Pacific Taining Coalition (APCT) - DFAT website
- Australia Pacific Training Coalition (website)
- Partnerships for Improving Education (PIE) - DFAT website
- Education in Emergencies - DFAT website
- Education Support Services (ESS) - DFAT website
- PNG Partnership Fund - DFAT website
- Skills for Subnational Growth Investment - DFAT website
Election Support Program
- Supporting Elections in PNG - DFAT website
- Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development - DFAT website
- Gender Equality/Gender Based violence - DFAT website
Learn about Australia's support to health security in PNG
- PNG-Australia Transition to Health (PATH) - DFAT website
- Health Services Sector Development Program (HSSDP) - DFAT website
- ANGAU Hospital - DFAT website
- Accelerated Immunisation and Health Systems Strengthening Program (AIHSSP) - DFAT website
- DFAT-WHO PNG Bilateral Partnership - DFAT website
- Partnering for Strong Families - DFAT website
- Australia – China – Papua New Guinea Pilot Cooperation on Malaria Control - DFAT website
- Support to combat TB and drug-resistant TB in Western Province and National Capital District (NCD) - DFAT website
Other regional Health Security support:
- Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security (IPCHS) - DFAT website
- Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific - DFAT website
- PNGAus Transport Sector Support Program (TSSP) - DFAT Website
- Transport Sector Support Program (TSSP) - website
- Incentive Fund - DFAT website
- Incentive Fund - website
- Pawarim Komuniti
- Economic and Social Infrastructure Program (ESIP) - DFAT website
- Coral Sea Cable System (CS2)
- Coral Sea Cable - website
Justice, Defence, Law and order
- Defence Cooperation Program
- PNG-Australia Policing Partnership
- Justice Services Stability for Development (JSS4D) - DFAT website
- Australia Papua New Guinea Subnational Program (APSP)
- Western Province Strategy 2022-2030 - Factsheet
- Western Province Partnership
Kokoda Track region
- Kokoda Initiative Partnership
Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARoB)
- Bougainville Programming - DFAT website
- PNG Institutional Partnerships Program (PIPP) - DFAT website
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
What is the Direct Aid Program?
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants program funded by the Australian Government and managed through the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby. The program aims to support projects with a strong development focus that complement Australia's broader aid program which contributes to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.
Who can apply?
DAP is available on a not-for-profit basis to individuals, community groups, NGOs and other entities engaged in development activities in countries that are eligible for official development assistance (ODA).
What sectors does DAP cover?
DAP projects cover a range of sectors, including education, health, water and sanitation, environmental protection, women’s empowerment and gender equality, supporting people with disabilities, economic livelihood, food security, human rights, cultural and sporting activities with a clear development benefit, and scientific research.
What are some past examples of DAP projects?
- Australia supported an organisation to produce short videos documenting cultural practices to preserve these practices, and to use the videos for education.
- Australia supported phase two of a project supplying a shipping container of donated school reading materials to a PNG school. Australia supported the transport costs from Port Moresby to the province, as well as the costs of converting the shipping container into a library.
- Australia supported an organisation to provide assistive devices to people living with disabilities in rural communities.
- Australia supported an organisation to provide sustainable, washable and reusable hygiene kits to school students.
The maximum DAP funding a project can receive is AUD 60,000. However, DAP strives to support multiple projects and most successful projects have requested between AUD 4,000 and AUD 15,000. To the best extent possible, DAP supports a wide geographic spread of projects across Papua New Guinea.
Applying for a DAP grant:
The Australian High Commission no longer accepts paper applications, or applications emailed to [email protected] (i.e. in Word or PDF). All applications should be submitted through the SmartyGrants website. Additional documents will not be accepted.
The 2023-24 DAP round is now open. Apply at this link https://dap.smartygrants.com.au/PMSBDAP2324. The application period will close on 1 October 2023. The 2023-24 DAP Guidelines are available in Tok Pisin here.
You can contact our DAP Team at [email protected] if you have questions about the application process.