Draft Investment Design Document for the PNG–Australia Transition to Health Program

18 December 2019

DFAT is currently designing the PNG Australia Transition to Health (PATH) program which will deliver selected components of DFAT’s support to the health sector in Papua New Guinea (PNG) through a managing contractor. A 5 year program budget of $183 m (excluding management costs) is proposed for PATH (the design team has estimated the management costs for the program and provided these to DFAT separately). This will replace the existing program delivered by the Health and HIV Implementing Services Provider (HHISP).

Subject to design completion and delegate approval, DFAT anticipates undertaking a Request for Tender via the AusTender website in the first quarter of 2020.


One key way in which Australia is investing in PNG's security, stability and prosperity is by supporting PNG's health system. A healthy population in PNG contributes to economic growth and development in PNG, to the mutual benefit of both countries. Healthy individuals and communities will be better placed to invest in their own education, businesses, and government. A strong health system can protect the people of PNG from disease outbreaks, save money, and ensure the time and energy of PNG's people is directed at building a stronger nation for future generations.

The goal of Australia's investment in PNG's health sector is to support the Government of PNG to improve the health and well-being of its citizens in line with PNG's National Health Plan. In doing so we expect that a strong partnership on health will strengthen the overall Australia – PNG bilateral relationship. Our investment aims to work in partnership with the Government of PNG on high priority health issues including communicable disease, family planning, sexual and reproductive health, and maternal and child health.

The Australian Government's Health Portfolio Plan 2018-2022 outlines DFAT's support to PNG's health sector over the next few years. A summary of the Portfolio Plan can be found below.


PATH Design Document –FINAL [PDF 4 MB]

Australia's Investments in PNG's Health System: Supporting growth, prosperity and stability


This information is provided for planning purposes only and it does not represent solicitation or constitute a request for proposal, nor is it a commitment to purchase or tender for any described services. The scale, scope and focus of any proposed program may change at any time and is subject to formal approval by the Australian and PNG Governments before any procurement process will commence. Should a procurement be approved, it is expected to commence in the second half of 2020. This information is subject to delays, revision or cancellations.

Last Updated: 18 December 2019