Client name: Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Project name: Australia Awards – Papua New Guinea

Duration: 2016 - ongoing

Location: Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea and Australia share a long and prosperous diplomatic and regional partnership. Australia supports Papua New Guinea’s economic development through the Australia Awards – Papua New Guinea scholarships program, managed by Coffey. 

Situation

Papua New Guinea and Australia share a long and prosperous diplomatic and regional partnership. Australia supports Papua New Guinea’s Medium Term Development Plan and Vision 2050 through the Australia Awards – Papua New Guinea scholarships program.

Australia Awards – Papua New Guinea is designed to promote knowledge, leadership and enduring ties between Australia and PNG. It aims to build knowledge and skills to address PNG’s economic and development challenges through international scholarships to Australia, and the provision of in-PNG scholarships.

Solution

Coffey manages the Australia Awards – PNG program on behalf of the Australian Government. They offer the next generation of leaders in Papua New Guinea opportunities to acquire professional and technical knowledge and skills relevant to the priorities of the Government of PNG. The program fosters people-to-people links between Australia and PNG and ensures opportunities are provided for women, people with disabilities and people from remote locations. The Awards program also supports alumni to use their skills, knowledge and networks to drive change and innovation when they return home.

Results

Through the Australia Awards Scholarships, recipients are equipped with the knowledge and skills to make a difference to the development goals of PNG. Within the program there are four streams, including the Australia Awards, PNG and Pacific Awards, Outreach and Alumni, and Professional Development and Partnerships, and includes three study options, including: 

• Australia Award Scholarships for Papua New Guineans to study primarily postgraduate courses in Australia
• Australia Awards Fellowships – Papua New Guinea (short courses) for Papua New Guineans to undertake study in Australia, receiving an Australian qualification 
• Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships for Papua New Guineans to study in PNG to meet critical workforce gaps.