Australian High Commission
Papua New Guinea

Development cooperation



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

Climate Change and Humanitarian Programs

Defence Cooperation Program

Economic Programs

Education Programs

Election Support Program

Gender Program

Health Programs

Learn about Australia's support to health security in PNG

Other regional Health Security support:

Infrastructure programs

Justice, Defence, Law and order

Australia's support to Law and Justice in PNG - Factsheet

Subnational Development

  • Australia Papua New Guinea Subnational Program (APSP)

Western Province

Kokoda Track region

Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARoB)



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 2023-24 DAP round  has now closed. Successful applicants have been notified. The Australian High Commission will advertise on its Facebook page ( and this website when the 2024-25 DAP round opens.

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. 

The 2023-24 DAP round  has now closed. Successful applicants have been notified.

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 during the application window. Additional documents will not be accepted.