About the Australia-Papua New Guinea Network

About us

The Australia-Papua New Guinea Network is an initiative to build stronger people-to-people links between Australia and Papua New Guinea and raise awareness of the relationship between the two countries. The Network aims to strengthen existing connections across areas as diverse as business, civil society, sport, education, media, culture, religion, and development. It also provides a point of contact for individuals and organisations wanting to learn about operating in either country, generating opportunities or simply wanting to find out more about Australia and Papua New Guinea.

The Network is run by the Lowy Institute, a Sydney-based think tank, with funding from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Aus-PNG Network has worked with a number of different Papua New Guinean organisations, they include the National Research Institute of Papua New Guinea, The Voice Inc., UNDP PNG, UPNG.   

How you can get involved

The Network has been created to bring together as many different organisations interested in Australia and Papua New Guinea as possible. It can assist organisations and individuals to promote their work, connect with partners in Australia or Papua New Guinea and increase understanding of and interest in the relationship in both countries.  

You can get involved in several ways:

  • Write for the Network. The Network provides an excellent platform to showcase the people-to-people links that already exist between Australia and Papua New Guinea and the important work that is being made possible by collaborations between Australians and Papua New Guineans. If you have an interesting story of how people-to-people connections are being built between the two countries, whether that is through the work of your civil society organisation, cultural or sporting connections, experience as a researcher or other means, please send your contribution ideas through to auspngnetwork@lowyinstitute.org. Please note that any material supplied to the Aus-PNG Network is subject to our content supply terms available below.    
  • Include your organisation in our directory of connections. Feature your organisation's details as part of our directory of existing links. It is a great way to get free exposure for your organisation. Simply email a short paragraph describing your organisation, the role it plays in Australia/Papua New Guinea, what it aims to achieve, a hyperlink to your organisation's website and a copy of your logo to auspngnetwork@lowyinstitute.org.
  • Promote your event. Part of the Network's purpose is to promote events that enhance or create new connections between the two countries. If you have a networking event, business forum, lecture, conference, exhibition or concert relevant to Australia and Papua New Guinea simply send the details of your event, information about your organisation and a hyperlink to your event web page to auspngnetwork@lowyinstitute.org.
  • Promote an article, publication or video. If you have a publication, blog, article, video or other media, to do with Papua New Guinea and Australia, the Network can promote and feature it on the Network's website and social media platforms. Simply contact auspngnetwork@lowyinstitute.org with your work.

The Australia-Papua New Guinea Network aims to be dynamic and people-driven. The Lowy Institute is keen to have your input on how the Network can best help you. If you have an idea or suggestion about how the Network can support your organisation or enhance the relationship more broadly, please email auspngnetwork@lowyinstitute.org or call +61 2 8238 9090.


Content Supply Terms

The Aus-PNG Network (http://auspng.lowyinstitute.org/) is published by the Lowy Institute for International Policy (the “Institute”).

  1. Commencement
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      1. the Content is original and has not been copied from any other source, unless otherwise agreed with the Institute;
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      3. use of the Content by the Institute will not:
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        2. infringe any person’s rights (including Intellectual Property Rights and Moral Rights);
        3. defame any person;
        4. constitute a misuse of any person’s confidential information; or
        5. constitute a misuse of any person’s confidential information; or
      4. you are able to lawfully grant the licences in these Terms; and
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This website was commissioned by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for the purposes of the Australia – Papua New Guinea Network. The findings, interpretations, conclusions and expressed views contained in the website are those views of the respective authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of DFAT or the Australian Government. DFAT does not guarantee, and accepts no legal liability whatsoever arising from or connected to, the accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness of any material contained on this website or on any linked site. The material on this website may include the views or recommendations of third parties, which do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government, or indicate its commitment to a particular course of action.

The views expressed in articles and interviews published on the Network are entirely their author's own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Aus-PNG Network or the Lowy Institute.