This page provides answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the Australia-Papua New Guinea Emerging Leaders Dialogue. Find out more about the Dialogue and former participants here, and if you have any more questions please get in touch.


What is the Australia-PNG Network Emerging Leaders Dialogue?

Established in 2013, the Australia-PNG Emerging Leaders Dialogue is an initiative that brings together young leaders from both countries to discuss issues of relevance and to make connections. The program takes place in either Australia or Papua New Guinea each year, and takes place over two days. Details of past dialogues and outcomes can be found at our website.

What is the application process?

In order to be considered for participation, you must:

  • Fill out the online application
  • Attach a copy of your CV (PDF or Word document)
  • Be able to be interviewed by telephone
  • Able to travel internationally and able to apply for a visa if required
  • Able to be permitted by your employer, or able to take necessary leave, to travel to and from and participate in the dialogue

Who is eligible to apply and what are the eligibility requirements?

You need to be aged 40 or younger, and a citizen of either Australia or Papua New Guinea to apply.

Do I have to be Australian or Papua New Guinean to apply?

You need to be a citizen of either Australia or Papua New Guinea to apply. Applications from citizens from other countries will be considered if the applicant has the right to reside in either Australia or Papua New Guinea, and can demonstrate a close personal connection to both countries.

Where can I apply?

Applications can be submitted via the Australia-PNG Network website at our nomination page.

Are there any other materials to submit along with the application form?

The application requires you to submit a short summary of your expertise and experience – no more than one paragraph. You will also need to submit an electronic copy of your CV in either Adobe Acrobat PDF or Microsoft Word document format.

When are the application deadlines?

The dialogue is held in either November or December each year. Applications are accepted throughout the year, and a deadline for the current year’s program is advised on the website in September each year.

Selection process

How does the selection process work?

Applicants are evaluated on their experience, expertise and potential to strengthen the relationship between Australia and Papua New Guinea.

How many participants are chosen?

Ten participants are chosen from each country, making a total of 20 participants in the dialogue each year.

When will I be notified of the application decision?

Applicants are notified about the outcome of their application after the close of nominations each year.

Unfortunately my application was not successful this year. Can I apply for future dialogues?

As long as you continue to meet the eligibility criteria, you can continue to apply to participate in the dialogue.

What does it cost to participate in the Emerging Leaders Dialogue?

There is no cost for participants to take part in the dialogue.

What are the responsibilities of the ELD participants?

Participants are expected to prepare as appropriate to engage in the discussions over the two days of the dialogue. A knowledge of current affairs and issues is expected, as well as an engagement with the issues on the agenda of the dialogue, details of which will be supplied prior to attendance.

How long is the commitment for delegates successfully accepted into the ELD?

The dialogue takes place over two days, and participants are expected to travel before and after the dialogue meeting days – so the commitment is approximately one week. Participants will become part of the Aus-PNG Network and may be invited to participate in network events and workshops if they are relevant to their expertise. Participants may also be invited to contribute articles or comments on the Aus-PNG website and social media accounts as a member of the Emerging Leaders Dialogue alumni. Details of participants are recorded on the Aus-PNG Network website which is available to the general public.

What if I decide not to sign the participant agreement?

You will not be able to take part in the Emerging Leaders Dialogue if you do not sign the participant agreement.


Will accommodation be provided?

Participants will be provided with accommodation if the meeting is held outside of their home city. Reasonable travel expenses are covered by the program and per diems are provided for incidental expenses.

How much money should I bring for personal expenses?

A modest per diem allowance is provided for basic incidental expenses. You should bring money if you would like to spend on other items during your travel, eg gifts.

Will flights and transportation be provided?

Flights and transportation to and from the event are provided.

How do I apply for a visa?

The Aus-PNG network will provide information on visa application processes to selected participants. You should not apply for a visa to attend the event until your participation has been confirmed.