Australia is contributing $2.25 million (over PGK5.5 million) in humanitarian assistance to support women, men and children impacted by violence in the Papua New Guinea Highlands.
Australian funding and supplies are helping to address the immediate humanitarian needs of those affected by the ongoing violence and displacement occurring in the region.
We are also supporting logistics and humanitarian coordination capabilities, to ensure supplies of food, water, protection, and shelter can be delivered to those in need.
We have been pleased to have been able to already reach some of the displaced communities in Porgera and Mt Hagen with humanitarian supplies delivered by CARE and their local partners.
Australia’s contribution responds to the National Disaster Centre’s request for support and the priorities identified by the Disaster Management Team, jointly led by PNG and the United Nations.
Our package builds on our long-term efforts to address the underlying causes of the crisis, including our support for humanitarian operations led by the International Committee of the Red Cross as well as our support for law and justice programs in the highlands.
Australia remains committed to supporting PNG to address shared challenges and we are coordinating closely with PNG disaster management officials, the United Nations and other donors on the response effort.
Our collective approach has strengthened cooperation on humanitarian and disaster response in the region.