Speeches | 23 December 2015

2015 Australia-Papua New Guinea Emerging Leaders Dialogue: Outcomes Report

In this Report, the Lowy Institute’s Melanesia team summarises the outcomes of the third annual Australia-Papua New Guinea Emerging Leaders Dialogue. The Dialogue assembled a group of dynamic young leaders from diverse fields in both countries. Discussion focused on redefining employment, sustaining rural communities, engaging Asia, and gender inequality. The young leaders used the Dialogue to make new professional connections and are already collaborating to enhance existing initiatives that prove the enduring value of people-to-people relations between Papua New Guinea and Australia.

In this Report, the Lowy Institute’s Melanesia team summarises the outcomes of the third annual Australia-Papua New Guinea Emerging Leaders Dialogue. The Dialogue assembled a group of dynamic young leaders from diverse fields in both countries. Discussion focused on redefining employment, sustaining rural communities, engaging Asia, and gender inequality. The young leaders used the Dialogue to make new professional connections and are already collaborating to enhance existing initiatives that prove the enduring value of people-to-people relations between Papua New Guinea and Australia.

Key Findings

  • Australia and Papua New Guinea face similar challenges in addressing gender inequality in the workplace. Sharing the stories of successful women across a range of sectors and highlighting positive examples of workplaces that have improved gender parity can inspire young people in both countries.
  • Delivering services in remote rural areas is a common problem in both countries. Australia overcomes gaps in service delivery with the use of technology. As mobile telephone coverage and internet connectivity grows in PNG, internet-enabled solutions could help rural communities there and enable more collaboration with Australia.
  • The current employment market for young people in Australia and Papua New Guinea is tough. Both countries can benefit from closer collaboration between the corporate sector and education providers and from embracing innovations in work practices driven by young people.