2023 Australia Awards In-PNG Scholarship - midwifery, nursing, PGDip education

Apply now for a 2023 Australia Awards In-PNG Scholarship to study midwifery, nursing, postgraduate diploma in education or a maritime cadetship for women. 

2023 In-PNG Scholarships

Application closing dates have been extended to 8 August 2022!

Check out the other scholarships offered by the Australian Govt to PNG students.

Australia Awards Papua New Guinea study options

The Australian Awards offer three (3) study options for PNG students.

  • Australia Awards Scholarships for Papua New Guineans to study primarily postgraduate courses in Australia;
  • Australia Awards In-PNG Scholarships for Papua New Guineans to study in PNG to meet critical workforce gaps; and
  • Australia Awards Short Course Awards for Papua New Guineans to undertake short-term professional development study in Australia.

Visit www.australiaawardspng.org. and apply today.

Source: Australian Awards, australiaawardspng.org

2023 Australia Awards In-PNG Scholarship
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PNG Colleges and universities online application 2023

Many Papua New Guinea colleges and universities are now accepting online applications for their new non-school leavers. 

If you are planning to apply for an opportunity to study in 2023, check out the list of PNG colleges and universities here.

Scholarship for PNG Students to Study in Malaysia (MTCP) 2023 Now Open

The Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST) invites potential candidates who wish to undertake Post-Graduate Masters studies in Malaysia in 2023.

The scholarship program is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia. The online application is open from the 16th of June 2022 and will close on the 16th of July 2022.

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Check out the Australian Awards Scholarship updates here.

Post Graduate Masters studies in Malaysia in 2023

The duration of the program is 12 to 24 months. You must be below 45 years old. The post-graduate scholarship covers tuition fees and monthly allowances.

Key dates

  • 16th June 2022 - online application open
  • 16 July 2022 - application close
  • End of July 2022 - shortlisting
  • Early August 2022 - interview
  • Middle of August - announcement of successful applicants.
PNG students scholarship to study in Malaysia

Apply online

Complete the ONLINE APPLICATION following the link: https://biasiswa.mohe.gov.my//INTER/login.php

For further information regarding MTCP Scholarship: https://www.facebook.com/MTCPMalaysia

This scholarship for PNG students was released by DHERST. 


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Who is PNG's Prime Minister after 2022 Election?

The prime minister's position carries a lot of responsibilities, and also benefits. Those that once occupied this seat will always crave it. But, does this make any of them the best PNG prime minister candidate?

PNG prime ministers


Prime Ministers of Papua New Guinea

Here is a list of PNG prime ministers since independence.
  • Late Sir Michael Thomas Somare (Momase) 1975 - 1980; 2002 - 2012
  • Sir Julius Chan (New Guinea Island) 1980 - 1982; 1994 - 1997
  • Pius Wingti (Highlands) 1986 - 1988; 1992 - 1994
  • Sir Rabbie Namaliu (Momase) 1988 - 1992
  • Late Bill Skate (Southern) 1997 - 1999
  • Late Sir Mekere Morauta (Southern) 1999 - 2002
  • Peter O'Neill (Highlands) 2012 - 2019
  • James Marape (Highlands) 2019 - 2022

The last man standing, Sir Julius Chan, describes the former PNG prime ministers in his book, Playing the Game

Here is what he thought of the past PNG PMs.

  • Sir Michael Somare – he thought Somare was a close friend but a political rival. He did not like Somare’s style of leadership. Throughout his book, he was slagging Somare's political tactics and the way political powers were concentrated within small political groups called the '4 Sirs and the 'Kitchen Cabinet'.
  • Pius Wingti – he thought he was okay to work with as his deputy PM. He finds him different from the other Highlands MPs like Okuk. He thought Wingti focused more on business and less on politics.
  • Sir Rabbie Namaliu – he thought Namaliu was a true academic, but indecisive.
  • Bill Skate – he loathed Skate and thought he should never be trusted.
  • Sir Mekere Morauta –-Sir Julius Chan said very little about Mekere. Understandably, he was out of office when Sir Mekere got into politics.
He did not say much about Peter O'Neill and James Marape, they became PM after his book was released in 2016.

Living Prime Ministers of PNG

Sir Julius Chan's role as the PNG prime minister was brought to an end during the university student's strike of 1994. His idea of hiring the Sandline Mercenary was unpopular and gained a hostile welcome as students and the PNG Defence Force revolted against it.

Pius Wingti and Sir J are happy running their provinces.

Sir Rabbie Namaliu has been out of the political scene in Papua New Guinea since he lost the election in 1992.

Peter O'Neill took over from the NA-run government when the founder was sick and in hospital in Singapore. His prime ministerial role was marred by court battles and controversial business deals. He spent more time in courts than in the prime minister's office. He used DSIP/PSIP grants to tie MPs down. O'Neill's commitment to the TFF policy is acknowledged, but there are serious issues surrounding transparency about him.

James Marape slogan 'Take Back PNG' gains popularity. He has a hand in the Pogera and Papua LNG deals which turn out to be decisive. Yet he was known to have spent a lot of money on overseas trips such as the K5 million one-day trips to Indonesia and COP26. 


Who is the best candidate for the PNG Prime Minister's position?

The two MPs in the race for the prime minister's seat after the 2022 elections are the incumbent James Marape and Peter O'Neill. 

There are some dark horses who are also party leaders. Some names that are going around during the elections are:
  • Belden Namah (Momase) - he was the incumbent Opposition Leader and a party leader, 3 terms MP and likely to be the force behind the formation of a new govt. A potential PM candidate, but abrupt and reactive.
belden namah png election 2022


  • Kerenga Kua (Highlands)- he is the 2 term, a strong supporter of the late Sir Micheal Somare and leader of the eastern (lower) highlands block, and the leader of the National Party. He is a lawyer by profession, can stand his ground and has a presence about him. He is a dark horse but he will have difficulty working with people he did not like.
kerenga kua for png prime minister


  • Dr Allan Marat (New Guinea Islands) - is cool, calm and collected. He can make a great prime minister. He needs to put his hand up and make it count as the leader of the Melanesian Liberal Party. This is a long shot, but this MP has the PM's aura about him.
png 2022 election results formation of govt


  • Patrick Pruiatch (Momase)- he is a 3 term MP serving senior ministerial portfolios during the Somare, O'Neill and Marape govts; and leader of the National Alliance party. He comes across as an intelligent MP, but it's quite the opposite.
papua new guinea prime minister 2022


  • Don Polye (Highlands) - he occupies senior ministerial portfolios in the Somare and O'Neill govts. Not easily manipulated, a fighter. He is the leader of THE party. He is a civil engineer by profession and can work with MPs from every part of the country. Yet, his THE party has struggled to muster numbers in elections. 
png prime minister don polye 2022 election results


  • Charles Abel (Southern) - a former deputy prime minister, he settled well as the second in command. However, he has a good chance of changing seats with the leader of the PNC party and commanding a following in the Southern part of the country.
png prime minister 2022 election results


Expect the unexpected

Anyone who follows the PNG elections and by-elections in the past will know that it is 'unpredictable'!

The governor-general will invite the party with the highest number to form the new govt after the 2022 national general elections. Yet, it does not mean that the prime minister will come from that party, because candidates do jump parties last minute. 

Also, the independent candidate will have a lot of say in who's going to be the next prime minister of PNG. 

So, who is the best candidate for the Prime Minister's position after the 2022 election?


It should not be anyone with a dramatic past, but someone who can empower the people through education, change the mineral and resource laws and bring economic independence.

The country has seen a glimpse of hope in the past Prime Ministers, but they are yet to see someone who CAN get the public servants to earn their pay, and work for the people they serve.

It's not easy. But, it can be done.

New PNG Police and Correctional Service Officers Recruitment 2022/2023

Are you interested to become a Royal PNG Police Constabulary (RPNGC) Officer or Correctional Service (CS) Officer? Here is what you need to know about recruitment for Police and CIS in 2022 for 2023.

If you have any questions, leave a comment in the 'comment section'. Alternatively, follow the links to the other pages where you can get the answers.

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PNG Police application form 2022/2023

When is Police and CIS Recruitment 2022/2023 taking place?

The date for 2022 police and correctional service recruitment for this year is not out yet. But, in a Post Courier report dated 6th June 2022, the recruitment for police and CS training will begin after the elections. 

The police and CS hierarchy hinted that the recruitments are likely to happen in August and September.

  • Police recruitment in August 2022.
  • Correctional Service Recruitment in September 2022.
Meanwhile, keep an eye out for media releases from the police and CS commissioners a month before the recruitment starts.

Number of regular police officers and CS officers to be recruited

The number of spaces available for the recruitment of police and CS officers is less than 400 every year.

You must have high marks in Grade 12 English and Literature and Mathematics to make it. 

You can also apply to train to become a police or CS officer if you are already working. You must have good Grade 12 marks and be within the age range indicated on the application form (this is not out yet).

The numbers of regular police and CS officers recruited each year:
  • Police 400 trainees
  • Correctional Service 100 trainees

2022/2023 recruitment of the new Police and Correctional Service officers

If you are asking when will be the 2022/2023 recruitment of the new Police and Correctional Service officers, this information will give you some answers. 

In preparation for the release of the official media statements, here are some resources that will help you:

Police recruitment application form 2022/2023


DO NOT PAY A POLICE OR CS OFFICER WHO CLAIMS TO BE THE RECRUITMENT OFFICER. 

DO NOT GIVE BRIBERY MONEY TO ANY CORRUPT OFFICIAL. 

REPORT THEM.

What to do before Police and Correctional Service commissioners release media statements?

The police and CS will release media statements about the recruitment drive in August and September, respectively. Also, note that there are only 400 and 100 spaces. 

Preparation is important if you want to make sure you are one of the few selected for 2022/2023 police and CS training. 

Use the links  (in blue) to find out what eligibility criteria, age brackets, Grade 12 marks, referees and any required documents.

Prepare the requirements and get them ready. 

Stop dreaming, start doing.