"We commit to work together to strengthen further the bilateral relationship and to contribute our best efforts to making the Pacific a region that is secure strategically, stable economically and sovereign politically."
Joint statement: Prime Minister's Marape and Morrison
The Papua New Guinea–Australia partnership is dynamic, multifaceted and comprehensive. Our partnership goes beyond mere words – we are physically connected through our shared border and joined through our rich cultures and history. The deepest commitment and longest lasting bond is through our people. This is exemplified by the volunteers, missionaries, business people, sports players, teachers and veterans who have made connections with the people, culture and land.
Australia and Papua New Guinea have committed to Annual Ministerial Meetings to further strengthen our bilateral relationship.
The Pacific Step-up initiative, announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in 2018, is taking our cooperation to a new level.
We will do more in infrastructure, media, sport, and enhancing our people-to -people links, with cooperation between churches, labour mobility and between secondary schools in both countries.
More about Australia's Pacific engagement and The Office of the Pacific
Papua New Guinea and Australia jointly tackle security challenges. The cooperation on security and strategic issues by our diplomats, militaries, police, customs and immigration officials is growing.
Our two defence forces have a long tradition of working together to protect our countries. Papua New Guinea is our largest Defence Cooperation Program partner.
Australia is scheduled to handover four Guardian-class patrol boats to PNG by 2023 to support maritime security in the Pacific region, under the Pacific Maritime Security Program.