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Papua New Guinea

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Papua New Guinea

The Independent State of Papua New Guinea is a constitutional monarchy and Australia's closest neighbour, with less than four kilometres separating it from Australia at the nearest point. Its capital, Port Moresby, is about an hour's flying time from Cairns. Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, with over 800 languages and hundreds of indigenous ethnic groups.

Bilateral, economic and trade information

Australia’s development program

Travel information

Australia-Papua New Guinea Ministerial Forum

Earlier Australia-Papua New Guinea Ministerial Forums.

Comprehensive Strategic and Economic Partnership

On 5 August 2020, Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and James Marape signed the Papua New Guinea-Australia Comprehensive Strategic and Economic Partnership.

Joint Partnership Declaration

On 10 May 2013, Prime Ministers Julia Gillard and Peter O'Neill signed the Joint Declaration for a New Papua New Guinea – Australia Partnership. The Declaration reflects the evolution of the bilateral relationship since 1987 when Prime Ministers Hawke and Wingti signed the Declaration of Principles. The 2013 Joint Declaration affirms both countries' commitment to deepening ties and to working together in the region.

Joint Declaration for a New Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership

Regional resettlement arrangement

Cyber Security Cooperation

Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Australia and the Government of Papua New Guinea relating to Cyber Security Cooperation

Heads of Government

Embassies and consulates


Papua New Guinea


Full Circle: Australia and Papua New Guinea 1883-1970

Contact details

Assistant Secretary
Papua New Guinea Branch
Pacific Division
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Barton ACT 0221

Phone: (02) 6261 1111

Fax: (02) 6261 2248

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