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 flexible, small grants scheme for development activities managed by Heads of Australian Missions in approximately 45 countries. The emphasis of the program is on alleviating basic humanitarian hardships.
The Direct Aid Program 2016-17 round is now closed and the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby is no longer accepting applications. Information on future rounds will be posted here at a later date. More information can be requested by emailing: Port-Moresby.firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 7090 0100.