Mary Winmay, vegetable seller at Kokopo Market, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Photo: H. Djoyobisono

Papua New Guinea

Made up of 600 islands, PNG is a part of a great arc of mountains stretching southwards from Asia, through Indonesia and into the South Pacific. With over 800 different cultural and language groups, it is one of the most culturally diverse countries on earth.

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Development challenges

Country history

The Australian volunteer program commenced in PNG in 1964. Since then more than 1400 skilled Australians have worked in various sectors around the country.

Historically, Australian volunteers have worked predominately in the health and education sectors as nurses and teachers. While the ongoing needs in health and education remain an important focus for PNG, the number of volunteer placements relating to governance and community development has increased. 

The volunteer program continues to respond to the needs of government and non-government sectors, with numerous assignments focused on strengthening civil society.

Our priority areas

Improving health outcomes

Through partnerships with key General Hospitals across PNG, AVID assignments will support the strengthening of key health facilities, assist with strengthening clinical training programs, and support of newly formed Family Support Centres. Assignments will also focus on improving maternal and child health and enhancing the capacity of local groups to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in PNG.

Improving educational outcomes

Through partnerships with trade schools, secondary schools and universities, Australian volunteers build capacity of teachers and staff through mentoring and training. AVI assignments also aim to develop curriculums in order to improve the quality of education in rural and remote vocational, technical and secondary institutions.

Supporting gender and women’s empowerment

AVID assignments support organisations and programs addressing gender based violence, family empowerment and increasing youth engagement.

Strengthening sports for development

AVID assignments will build capacity of local organisations to develop and implement programs that address health, education, youth engagement and family sexual violence.


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