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 www.smartraveller.gov.au.
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 email@example.com to request a registration form. You can also register online at www.orao.dfat.gov.au. When doing so please include your email address.
Update for Australians travelling to Papua New Guinea
As part of hosting APEC Economic Leaders’ Week, PNG is temporarily suspending issuing visas on arrival to all foreign nationals from 30 October to 30 November 2018. This suspension will not affect travellers who already hold a valid paper visa in their passport. Over this period, official visitors travelling to PNG for APEC Economic Leaders Week should seek visas as part of their accreditation process. Other travellers should seek visas through their nearest PNG diplomatic mission.
2018 Victorian State Election
2018 Victorian State Election
The Victorian State Election will be held on Saturday 24 November 2018. The Australian High Commission in Port Moresby will offer early voting services between 8:00am and 4:30pm from Monday 12 November to Friday 23 November 2018. The High Commission will be closed on election day.
All eligible Victorians on the electoral roll are required to vote. If you are overseas, there are a number of ways to cast your vote prior to election day.
From Wednesday 31 October you can apply for a ballot paper to be emailed to you via Victorian Electoral Commission website
Apply for a ballot paper to be emailed to you
Print and complete the ballot paper
Post the ballot paper to the Australia using the envelope provided
Deadline: Postal votes must be post marked on or before 6:00pm on election day, 24 November 18 (Victorian time) and received in Australia no later than 6:00pm 30 November 18 (Victorian time) to be included in the count
In person early voting services will be offered at the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby only.
Dates: Monday 12 November - Friday 23 November 2018 (weekdays only)
Time: 8:00am to 16:30pm
Note: We strongly recommend those who wish to vote in person visit the High Commission from Wednesday 14 November. We expect VEC ballot papers will have arrived by this date.
Further information is available at the Victorian Electoral Commission website.
Joint statement between Australia and Papua New Guinea on strengthening relations
The Prime Ministers of Australia and Papua New Guinea recognise the critical importance of our bilateral relationship. Our two countries share a long history of close cooperation underpinned by common interests and deep community links.
Australian Government Measures regarding the outbreak of Polio
The Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has declared a public health emergency regarding an outbreak of vaccine-derived poliovirus. The Australian Government has updated its visa application policy for travellers.
Visit to Manus highlights enduring Papua New Guinea-Australia partnership A recent visit by Australia's High Commissioner Bruce Davis to Manus Province highlighted Australia's ongoing partnership with the Papua New Guinea National Government and the Provincial Government to support economic development and create economic opportunities in Manus.
Refurbished National Museum & Art Gallery reopens to all The Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Hon Emil Tammur MP and the Australian Foreign Minister Senator the Hon Marise Payne, officially reopened the refurbished National Museum and Art Gallery (NMAG) in Port Moresby on Friday 12 October.