Australia Global Alumni

Australia is one of the most popular destinations for international students seeking a world-class education experience – and Australia has alumni from every corner of the globe.

More than 2.5 million international students have studied in Australia over the last fifty years, including over 11,000 Papua New Guineans. Over 80,000 alumni received Australian Government scholarships and fellowships from the Colombo Plan in the 1950s through the Australia Awards and the New Colombo Plan today.

The Government has developed an Australia Global Alumni Engagement Strategy to reach out to the global alumni community, inviting alumni to connect and engage with Australia and the region.


Papua New Guinea Australia Alumni Association

Building Papua New Guinea’s Leaders

The Papua New Guinea Australia Alumni Association (PNGAAA) is one of the most recognised associations in the country. Established in 2006, the Association provides support to Papua New Guineans who have studied in Australia or with Australian government support in PNG. It is a network designed to keep alumni connected with each other and with Australian institutions and people.

There are more than 5,000 members across the country who are professional Papua New Guineans in leadership positions from a variety of sectors including public service, private industry, healthcare, and entrepreneurship.

What we do

The Association delivers professional development training and networking services to its members. PNGAAA is an avenue for the exchange of ideas and intellectual debate on issues of national interest including direct input into the implementation of the Government of PNG’s Vision 2050 and development plan. The Association supports local and national sustainable development efforts through grant assistance and volunteering services.

The Alumni Grant Scheme

The Alumni Grant Scheme (AGS) is a joint initiative of Australia Awards in Papua New Guinea and PNGAAA to support alumni to contribute to Papua New Guinea’s economic and social development and build strong and positive relationships with Australia.  The AGS aims to assist alumni, in conjunction with their employers or community organisations, to contribute to sustainable development impacts in Papua New Guinea.


Women Alumni Mentoring Initiative

The Australia Awards Papua New Guinea Women Alumni Mentoring Initiative is a collaboration between Australia Awards PNG and the PNG Australia Alumni Association (PNGAAA). The initiative provides support through mentorship to women alumni to build confidence and leadership capabilities and help them increase their contributions to Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) development.

The initiative was launched in August 2020, and in its first phase had 44 women mentors and mentees from PNG’s public, private and civil society sectors participate. Read more about the progress of the initiative in its newsletter.

Australia Awards PNG Women Alumni Mentoring Initiative Newsletter

Australia Alumni Awards

The Australia Alumni Awards recognise and honour alumni of Australian educational institutions in Papua New Guinea who have made outstanding contributions to their profession, community, and country through their exemplary leadership, integrity, innovation, and hard work. Supported by the Australian High Commission in PNG the awards are distinguished honours for those who are an inspiration through their local, national, and international network and achievements.

Alumni Stories

Putting community first in fight against COVID-19

Putting community first in fight against COVID-19

As a team leader with the Gulf Provincial Health Authority, Lucy Solomon is at the forefront of educating local communities about COVID-19 and encouraging people to get vaccinated.  Working alongside other frontline health workers, Lucy plans and delivers COVID-19...

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Empowering women in Jiwaka Province with legal aid

Empowering women in Jiwaka Province with legal aid

Australia Awards alumna Emma Minimbi is creating positive change in her community in Jiwaka with her skills and knowledge. Winner of the 2019 Allison Sudradjat Prize which is awarded to two high-achieving Australia Awards scholars from PNG annually, Emma has already...

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