The Joint Understanding between Australia and Papua New Guinea on Further Bilateral Cooperation on Health, Education and Law and Order (Joint Understanding) was signed on 19 July 2013 in Brisbane by the then Prime Minister of Australia The Hon Kevin Rudd MP and Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea The Hon Peter O’Neill CMG MP. The Joint Understanding builds on the mutually agreed priorities in the Papua New Guinea-Australia Aid Partnership and commits both countries to strengthen cooperation in the areas of health, education and law and order.
Under the Joint Understanding, Australia committed AUD420 million of assistance to:
- fund 50 per cent of the redevelopment of Lae ANGAU Hospital and contribute to the costs of senior management personnel;
- deploy an additional 50 Australian Police in Port Moresby and Lae;
- rehabilitate essential infrastructure at the University of PNG and support twinning and exchange with Australian institutions;
- scope and design the Lower Courts complex in Port Moresby;
- scope and design the Madang-Ramu Highway; and
- recruit senior positions in the Royal PNG Constabulary and National Departments of Health and Education.
Read more: Update on the Implementation of the Joint Understanding [PDF]