All prospective applicants must adhere to Australia Awards general minimum selection requirements:

  • be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing the Short Course Award.
  • have a minimum academic English proficiency of IELTS 6.5.
  • be a citizen of PNG and be residing in and applying for the Short Course Award from PNG.
  • not be a citizen of Australia, hold permanent residency in Australia or be applying for a visa to live in Australia permanently.
  • not be married, engaged or a de facto partner of a person who holds, or is eligible to hold, Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency, at any time during the application, selection or mobilization phases of the Short Course Award.
  • be able to satisfy admission requirements of the institution at which the award is to be undertaken.
  • be able to satisfy all requirements of the Australian Department of Home Affairs to hold a suitable Australian visa.
  • not have been convicted of a criminal offence.

In addition to the above, each Short Course Award will have specific eligibility criteria tied to the course focus (refer to the Apply Now page for the Short Course Award Factsheets and specific course eligibility). Some examples may include:

  • be currently employed in the relevant role and organisation the course is targeting
  • have sufficient experience according to the requirements of the specific course (e.g. minimum number of years work history)
  • have minimum qualifications required, usually a Bachelor’s degree
  • have satisfied any specific criteria established by the specific Short Course Award you apply for
  • successfully complete an IELTS test (if required, AAPNG will make arrangements)

Public sector applicants may be required to complete a training bid form and supply necessary supporting documents to the Department of Personnel Management (DPM). Refer to DPM General Orders for further information and/or your HR representative.


You will be required to submit a range of supporting documents when applying for a Short Course Award. Some of these documents will need to be certified (i.e. certified by a commissioner of oaths).

We encourage those looking to apply for a Short Course Award to begin work on preparing all required documentation for certification and upload. These include:

  • National Birth Certificate – certified copy
  • National Identification Card – certified copy
  • PNG Drivers’ License – certified copy
  • Passport (most recent valid or expired) – certified copy
  • Valid Australian visa (if you already have one)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) Form [template here]
  • Certificate of highest education qualification – certified copy
  • Academic transcript – certified copy
  • Certification of most recent English language test (if you have sat one) – certified copy
  • Workplace Project Design [template here]
  • Current Employer’s Support Statement [template here] completed and signed by employer
  • Applicant’s Declaration and Signature [template here] completed and signed by you