What is the duration of a Short Course Award?

Short Course Awards have three parts – pre and post-course workshops and the core course program, which may be delivered in two to three blocks depending on the length of the course. Courses may be delivered in-person, online or through a mix of delivery styles over 8 to 12 months depending on the course qualification.

What academic qualifications do Short Course Awards provide?

Short Course Awards range from a certificate of participation to Certificate IV or Graduate Certificate level. Those courses with an accreditation are recognised under the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF).

Who can apply for a Short Course Award?

Citizens of Papua New Guinea who are at least 18 years old, currently employed and who meet all criteria for the Short Course Award may be eligible to apply. Specific courses may have additional eligibility criteria. Check the Eligibility page for more detailed information.



What does the Short Course Award scholarship cover?

  • Tuition fees
  • Course delivery and materials
  • Workplace Project mentoring
  • Flights and accommodation for workshops and course activities, where required
  • Passport, visa and health cover (in Australia only)
  • Living away from home allowance
  • Access to the Australia Global Alumni network and PNGAAA and related benefits (subject to the successful completion of the course

What documents are required to apply for the course?

Candidates are required to submit a range of documents, of which some need to be certified by a commissioner of oaths. Refer to the Documentation page for further information.



What are the general requirements to apply?

Each course has different requirements. Please refer to each course for more information. General requirements for all Short Course Awards include:

  • Endorsed by the organisation, proved by an official endorsement letter
  • Committed to prepare and implement a development project as part of the award
  • Committed to actively foster networks with multiple stakeholders
  • Committed to disseminate learnings from the Short Course Award
  • Completion of an EILTS test

Who is an ideal candidate?

  • Highly motivated
  • High performing and high potential
  • A future leader
  • Results oriented and who will approach study with commitment
  • Demonstrated exemplary conduct and will be an ambassador for your organisation and Australia Awards PNG
  • Confident and dynamic individual who will create networks when provided with the opportunity
  • Willing to share knowledge with others upon return

How is the selection process managed?

Following eligibility checks, applications are assessed by an independent selection panel. Applicants are selected based on merit. Telephone reference checks may be conducted for shortlisted applicants to confirm professional and personal conduct and experience. The final list of shortlisted candidates is subject to scrutiny and endorsement by the Australian and PNG Governments. All applicants, successful and unsuccessful will receive notification of the selection outcome. The selections process takes up to four weeks before applicants are notified of the outcome of their applications.

I do not have passport, what other documents can I provide as proof of citizenship?

Applicants can provide certified copies of either one of the following.

  • Certified copies of National Identity card (NID) card and NID birth certificate (Blue birth certificate is not acceptable)
  • Certified copies of Passport biodata page
  • Certified copies of National Identity birth certificate and valid driver’s licence)

Note: AAPNG will only arrange for passports for selected candidates. If you wish to apply for a passport prior to selection, this will be at your own expense. We encourage applicants to consider working on the cheapest and fastest options for ID documents.

I do not have a bachelor’s degree, however; I am currently practicing in the relevant role for over five years and have achieved other trainings through this role. Can I still apply?

  • A graduate certificate course is an advanced university degree and has the entry requirement of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent; relevant work experience may be considered.
  • In addition, master’s degree in another field of study with work experience in the course area will be considered.

Am I required to provide English test results, for my application?

  • It is not required. If your application is shortlisted, AAPNG will pay the cost for you to sit for an IELTS test as part of the assessment process.
  • If you have previously sat an IELTS test (or similar), we encourage you to share this

What is a work-based project?

  • All applicants are required to develop a realistic and measurable work-based project, related to the course topic, learning objectives and utilises the knowledge and skills gained from the course. You can choose either an existing or new project.
  • All projects whether new or existing should demonstrate progress within the 12 months before completion of your Short Course Award course, where you will deliver a presentation of your project.

If I am successful for a Short Course Award, but my employing organisation changes for accepting a new employment, will my scholarship be withdrawn?

Each participant situation is handled on a case-by-case, with decisions made based on the following.

  • If new employer accepts participant’s time away from work to study
  • Participant to provide new employer nomination and endorsement.
  • Participant to provide new workplace project of current employment.

I am a public servant. Can I provide only the Current Employer’s Support Statement from my supervisor instead of following the Training Bid process?

All Government of PNG employees must complete and submit an approved Training Bid Form to the Department of Personnel Management.


Women and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.