Papua New Guinea

Australia and Papua New Guinea share important geographic, historical and economic links. Australia Awards are an important component of Australia’s investment in education in PNG and provide long and short-term study and professional development opportunities for Papua New Guineans.

Australia Awards Scholarship (AAS) provide Papua New Guineans with the opportunity to study in Australia and obtain tertiary qualifications from participating Australian Institutions. The awards enable you to undertake higher education at an Australian university to study either an undergraduate or postgraduate course that sits within a priority sector.


Priority sectors for AAS in PNG:

  • health
  • transport
  • land development
  • rural development
  • research and technology
  • education
  • urban development
  • law and justice
  • governance and public sector management
  • cross cutting fields (disability, gender, family and sexual violence).

Areas of study available under all priority sectors:

  • information technology
  • management studies
  • development studies
  • information and communication technology, teaching and learning
  • project management, contract supervision, contract management, arbitration and procurement.

Applicants will be assessed for their professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, their potential to positively impact on development challenges in Papua New Guinea.

“I’m studying a Master of Philosophy in the area of rural and sustainable development. I chose Curtin because it has a strong research background in my field of study. Having a Curtin degree will provide opportunities for my career development. The study facilities and resources at Curtin are of a very high standard; it’s motivational. The assistance from workshops and seminars they organised for postgraduate students was very empowering; they provided the skills and knowledge to help me succeed.”

Susan May Inu, Papua New Guinea

Why choose Perth?

Perth is two hours behind Port Moresby and only a five-and-a-half-hour flight away. Perth stands out for its high living standards, safe environment and prosperous economy. In 2015, it was ranked as one of the world’s top 10 most liveable cities by the Economist Intelligence Unit, scoring strongly in all five categories of stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

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Learning offerings at Curtin

Curtin offers you a range of practical, globally focused study options. The offerings may vary from year to year depending on the Australian government’s priority areas.