Promoting effective governance in Papua New Guinea

Overview

Governance affects virtually all aspects of a country’s prosperity. An effective public sector and law and justice system provide the foundations for economic growth, private sector investment and trade.

Australia is assisting PNG to build an effective public service through increased government-to-government advisory support under the Strongim Gavman Program and other similar investments. We are partnering with the PNG Government to establish a new Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct and are complementing this by increasing engagement with PNG champions who support reforms for more accountable and better functioning national and sub-national governments. The Australian Bureau of Statistics is assisting the PNG National Statistics Office to improve its governance and leadership, and the collection and release of economic data. Support will also be provided to the PNG Government to prepare for the General Elections in 2017. Australia also supports more effective partnerships and working arrangements between the PNG Government and the private sector, civil society, NGOs, and churches, to help meet communities’ needs.

Australia’s renewed investments in the law and justice sector focus on strengthening access to justice and local conflict resolution mechanisms to promote community safety and security and address family and sexual violence. We support investments aimed at preventing and combatting corruption and will reshape our policing assistance under the PNG–Australia Policing Partnership (delivered by the Australian Federal Police). This includes continued support for PNG’s efforts to combat corruption and to implement the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force to improve investor confidence in PNG.

Related initiatives

Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct

Up to $91.65 million, 2014-2019

The goal of the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct is to support the efforts of the PNG Government to grow a new generation of ethical public service leaders with the capability and motivation to collaborate, lead and manage the delivery of government services to all citizens of PNG. Centered on the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) and the PNG Institute of Public Administration, the Precinct involves corporate management, curriculum reform, and infrastructure investments in those two organisations, and the development of a range of new senior and middle level executive training programs.

The Precinct involves a major UPNG partnership with the Australian National University’s Crawford School of Business and Public Policy, and high level support from other Australian Universities and training institutions including the University of Queensland, CIT Solutions, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australia-New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).

Watch the following Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct video outlining the Precinct’s past, present and future:


Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
The Memorandum of Understanding between the Governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea regarding the Establishment of Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct 2014 Memorandum of Understanding

PNG-Australia Economic and Public Sector Program

Up to $115.73 million, 2011-2016

The PNG–Australia Economic and Public Sector Program (EPSP) is a partnership to support the PNG public service at the national and sub-national levels to function more effectively and deliver essential services such as health, education and transport to the people of PNG. The program works with departments and agencies to identify solutions for service delivery issues, and uses a range of approaches including targeted training, small grants and specialist technical advice. Increasingly, the EPSP is working with national government to support policies which catalyse inclusive economic growth and innovative programs to increase transparency and accountability in the PNG public sector.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Design Document 2010 Design
Independent Progress Review of the PNG-Australia Economic and Public Sector Program (EPSP) 2012 Evaluation
Independent Progress Review of the PNG-Australia Economic and Public Sector Program (EPSP)—Management Response 2012 Management Response
Papua New Guinea Economic and Public Sector Program: Six Month Report July - December 2014 2014 Report
Papua New Guinea Economic and Public Sector Program: Six Month Report January - June 2015 2015 Report

Church Partnership Program Phase 2

Up to $50 million, 2010-2016

The Church Partnership Program (CPP) Phase 2 aims to strengthen the institutional capacity of the seven main PNG churches to deliver services to communities. It also aims to enhance their capacity to promote good governance, through strengthening their role in policy dialogue, service delivery, and peace and reconciliation activities. The program supports a wide range of activities including maternal health training for village health volunteers, HIV/AIDS education and testing services, and projects to prevent violence against women.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
CPP Design Document 2009 Design document
Subsidiary arrangement between Australia and PNG for the Church Partnership Program 2010-2016 2010 Subsidiary arrangement
Church Partnership Program Strategy June 2010-July 2013 2010 Strategy document
Independent Review of two Democratic Governance Programs in PNG- Strongim Pipol Strongim Nesen and Church Partnership Program 2013 Evaluation
Independent Review of two Democratic Governance Programs in PNG—Strongim Pipol Strongim Nesen (SPSN) and Church Partnership Program (CPP)—Management response 2013 Management response

Electoral support program

Up to $24.9 million, 2011-2015

Under the Electoral Support Program, Australia is working with the PNG Electoral Commission (PNGEC), and other PNG stakeholders, to improve the integrity of elections in PNG. The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is partnering with PNGEC to share its electoral expertise in a range of areas including improvements to the electoral roll and the delivery of electoral training programs for PNG officials.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Independent Progress Report of Papua New Guinea Electoral Support Program Phase 3 2012 Evaluation
Papua New Guinea Electoral Support Program Phase 3—Independent Progress Report Management Response 2012 Management response
Independent Evaluation of Australian Electoral Assistance in Papua New Guinea 2000-2012 2013 Evaluation
Independent Evaluation of Australian Electoral Assistance in Papua New Guinea 2000-2012—Management response 2013 Management response

Strongim Pipol Strongim Nesen

Up to $138.04 million, 2009-2016

Strongim Pipol Strongim Nesen (Tok Pisin for 'Empower People Strengthen the Nation', 'SPSN') aims to improve service delivery outcomes for communities across PNG by supporting the engagement of citizens, civil society, the private sector and government in shared public decision making. Applying and promoting democratic principles, SPSN targets improvements in health, education, gender equity and disability-inclusive development.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
SPSN Program Design Document 2009 Design document
Independent Review of two Democratic Governance Programs in PNG—Strongim Pipol Strongim Nesen and Church Partnership Program 2013 Evaluation
Independent Review of two Democratic Governance Programs in PNG—Strongim Pipol Strongim Nesen (SPSN) and Church Partnership Program (CPP)—Management response 2013 Management response
Report - Strongim Pipol Strongim Nesen (SPSN) Annual Plan July 2014 – December 2015 2014 Report
Strongim Pipol Strongim Nesen six month progress report Jan-Jun 2014  2014  Progress report
Strongim Pipol Strongim Nesen: Six Monthly Progress Report January - June 2015 2015 Progress report

Provincial and Local Level Governments Program

Up to $101.93 million, 2012-2016

PNG's complex decentralised system of government means that provincial governments have significant responsibility for service delivery. The Provincial and Local Level Governments Program (PLGP) assists PNG to improve the financial, legal and governance framework for decentralisation, as well as the organisational capacity of provincial governments, districts, and local level governments to deliver services. This work is helping to build capacity for service delivery at the sub-national level.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Provincial and Local-Level Governments Program Phase II: Design document 2011 Design document
Sub-National Strategy Completion Report 2011 Completion report

PNG National Museum and Art Gallery

Up to $25 million, 2014-2015 to 2018-2019

A package of support to the PNG National Museum and Art Gallery including infrastructure upgrades, development of a long-term organisational master-plan, establishment of formal partnerships with leading Australian cultural institutions and the mounting of an exhibition to coincide with PNG’s 40th anniversary of independence celebrations. This support will enhance an important institution that conserves Papua New Guinea’s cultural traditions and history and helps shape Papua New Guinea’s national identity.

Law and Justice Sector Support

Up to $167 million, 2009-June 2014 for the PNG-Australia Law and Justice Partnership

Up to $33 million, July 2014-December 2015 for the PALJP-Transition Program

Up to $90 million, 2016-2019 for the Justice Services and Stability for Development Program

The PNG-Australia Law and Justice Partnership (PALJP), managed by DFAT, is currently transitioning to a new program, the Justice Services and Stability for Development (JSS4D) program. In the interim, the PALJP-Transition Program (PALJP-TP), which commenced in July 2014, is continuing the operations and objectives of PALJP.

PALJP and PALJP-TP work with PNG’s law and justice agencies: the police; prosecutions; national, district and village courts; legal aid; corrections; Ombudsman, and the Department of Justice and Attorney General. The programs focus on:

  • the delivery of accessible, effective, ethical and accountable state law and justice services
  • local-level dispute resolution and conflict mediation mechanisms
  • access to effective justice, legal protection and support services for women and others vulnerable to family and sexual violence, and
  • improved resistance, detection, investigation and prosecution of corruption.

JSS4D will continue this focus in agreed priority provinces and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
PALJP Independent Progress Report 2012 Independent evaluation
DFAT Management Response to the PALJP Independent Progress Report 2012 Management response
PALJP Infrastructure Impact Evaluation 2013 Independent evaluation
DFAT Management Response to the PALJP Infrastructure Impact Evaluation 2014 Management response
Papua New Guinea Justice Services and Stability for Development: Investment Design 2015 Design document
Evaluation of the RPNGC Family and Sexual Violence Units for Papua New Guinea - Australia Law and Justice Partnership: Evaluation Report 2015 Independent evaluation

Combating Corruption Project (delivered by the Australian Attorney-General’s Department and AUSTRAC)

Up to $2.5 million, 2014-2016

The goal of the Combating Corruption Project is to enhance PNG’s ability to prevent and combat corruption through hardening the PNG financial system against money laundering, corrupt activity and terrorist financing. The Project is building PNG’s capacity to analyse, investigate and prosecute money laundering and recover proceeds of crime. The project is directly assisting PNG to comply with relevant Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations and meet key parts of its FATF action plan.

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Last Updated: 22 September 2014