Nominations now open for the 2022 Aus-PNG Emerging Leaders Dialogue


Ready for a challenge? Nomination are now open for the Australia-Papua New Guinea Emerging Leaders Dialogue, the flagship annual event of the Aus-PNG Network at the Lowy Institute. Apply today.

Participants of the 2014 Aus-PNG Emerging Leaders Dialogue. Credit Peter Morris via Lowy Institute

The Australia-Papua New Guinea Emerging Leaders Dialogue is the flagship annual event of the Aus-PNG Network at the Lowy Institute. It brings together 20 young leaders from PNG and Australia to explore pressing development and security issues affecting PNG-Australia relations. The program includes exchanges with experts, dialogues with leading academics and policymakers, opportunities for networking, site visits and interactive learning activities over five days.

This year, participants will examine the theme of digital connectivity through a broad range of discussions across economic development, COVID recovery, emergency response, politics and society, business, sport, arts and social media. Participants will have the opportunity to shape and identify the topics for discussion under the ‘digital’ theme. We will hone participant speaking, media engagement and written communication skills.

Participants will be drawn from a range of experience, expertise and industry and society groups. We are interested in emerging leaders with a strong vision for shaping the future. In previous years, the Dialogue has provided insight into topics including health, leadership, economic empowerment, art, politics and civil society.

The 2022 Emerging Leaders Dialogue will be held at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, with a visit to Canberra to engage with peak government and NGO agencies.

Participants’ insights are documented in an outcomes paper, which is forwarded to the two countries’ Foreign Ministers and is published on the Network’s website.

You can read more about the Dialogue here.

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Applicants must:

  1. Be a citizen or permanent resident of either Papua New Guinea or Australia
  2. Hold a passport, if applying as a Papua New Guinean citizen or resident
  3. Be fully COVID-19 vaccinated
  4. Be aged 40 years or younger at 1 December in the year of application
  5. Be able to demonstrate personal qualities and attributes to contribute to a stronger relationship between PNG and Australia

You will need to submit a short statement (no more than 250 words) in support of your application and a copy of your current resume, with contact details for a referee who can speak in support of your nomination.

Submit your applications to

The deadline for submissions is 15 September 2022.

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