Extending Australia’s policing partnership with Papua New Guinea
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
The Australian Government is investing $48 million to extend our longstanding policing partnership with our Pacific neighbour, Papua New Guinea.
The 18-month extension to the Papua New Guinea-Australia Policing Partnership will extend the agreement to December 2018, which will mark 10 years since the partnership commenced.
This funding will ensure the continued presence of 73 Australian Federal Police personnel in Papua New Guinea, and assist in planning for the 2018 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.
This is the first time PNG has hosted APEC. The forum will provide significant opportunities for the nation, with around 10,000 delegates including world leaders, dignitaries and media attending.
Through the Papua New Guinea-Australia Policing Partnership, AFP personnel provide best practice advice on law enforcement to the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.
In the lead up to APEC 2018, about 56 AFP personnel will have dedicated advisory roles specifically related to the planning of the forum.
The personnel will be providing specialist advice, training and rehearsing RPNGC capabilities in major event planning, close personal protection, maritime, canines, bomb search, traffic, airport, intelligence and investigations.
The remaining 17 AFP personnel will continue work to strengthen custody management practices, response to family and sexual violence, juvenile justice matters and improving the professionalism of the RPNGC.
The increasingly transnational nature of crime, including illegal movement of drugs, weapons and people, highlights the importance of cooperation between Australia and PNG.
The Australian and Papua New Guinea Governments share an important and enduring relationship, which will be further strengthened through this investment in law enforcement.