Papua New Guinea

Immigration History from Papua New Guinea to Victoria

The first Papua New Guinean visitors to Australia were most likely mission-sponsored villagers and boat crews who arrived before 1870. They were followed by significant numbers of labourers recruited to work in the Queensland sugar industry, some of them kidnapped and forced to work. Whilst most of this group eventually returned home, some stayed and became part of the Pacific Islander community in Queensland.

From the early 20th century, the White Australia Policy restricted Papua New Guinean immigration to Australia. Exemptions were made for those who came to work in the Queensland pearl fisheries. In Victoria, the community remained small for several more decades, with just 39 people from Papua and New Guinea – which were then administered separately by Australia – recorded in 1921.

The number of Papuans and New Guineans settling in Victoria increased with the relaxation of the White Australia Policy in the 1960s, and by 1971 the population was 1,093. In the same year Papua and New Guinea were united under the one system of governance, and in 1975 it achieved independence. The Papua New Guinea-born population of Victoria increased gradually to 2,430 in 1991. In 2016, the number had remained steady at 2,607.

Few recent arrivals are indigenous Papua New Guineans. The greater proportion of the community is of European descent, and many are the children of Australians who went to Papua New Guinea for work during the years that it was administered by Australia.

In Victoria today, the community of those from Papua New Guinea is relatively young, with 50% under the age of 40. The majority are Christian, and most speak English at home. About half of those employed work in professional roles, while many others work in trades, service or clerical roles. Organisations such as the Pacific Island Council of Victoria support the rich and diverse culture of the community.

Immigration History from Papua New Guinea (Motu) to Victoria

Taunimanima ginigunadia Papua New Guinea amo idia lao Australia tanobada dekenai be Dubu oreadia ese idia abidiahidi bona siaidia lao Australia dekenai diba namona abia totona bona haida be kada dekenai idia gaukara taudia idia diho lao lagani 1870 lalonai. Inai murinai be leiba (labourers) taudia idia abiahidi bona siaia lao Queensland dekenai suga plantation bona factory dekenai gaukara totona bona taunimanima haida be idia abidia henao (kidnapped) bona abidia diho lao Queensland dekenai gaukara totona. Lagani momo idia orea murinai inai taudia momo be idia giroa mai Papua New Guinea tanobada dekenai, to haida be idia noho bona Pasifiki motumotu amo mai taudia danu idia noho hebou Queensland dekenai.

Lagani 1900 lalonai,(20th Century) Australia taukurokuro ese taravatu idia karaia, kopi korema taudia Papua New Guinea tanobada amo do idia hanaia lao lasi Australia tanobada dekenai. To, haida sibona maoro idia henia do idia gaukara Queensland pearl fisheries eiava bisisi davana badana idia tahua davara dekenai. Gabu ta ladana Victoria dekenai be Papua New Guinea taudia ibounai 39 (toiahui-taurahani ta) be Australia gavamani ese idia itaia tao…inai be Australia edia buka dekenai ia hedinaraia lagani 1921 lalonai. Lagani 1960 lalonai Australia ese taravatu idia kehoa murinai Papua taudia haida bona New Guinea taudia haida idia diho lao Victoria dekenai idia noho.

Papua bona Niugini besedia Victoria tanonai e nohomu taudia na numerana e tubu dae badina korikori Taukurokuro edia taravatu ea heveria tao lagani gwauta taurahani ta, taura toiahui bona gwauta taurahani ta, hituahui ta. Ina nega lalonai, bese numera na edae lao daha ta bona taurahi toi. Una lagani lalonai, Papua bona Niugini vada ea heboudia bena tanobada ladana vada e senisia Papua New Guinea ena vara dinana matamana ai gwauta taurahanita, hitua ima lagani na lalonai.

Sisina taina besedia mo Papua New Guinea tanobada amo ela. Kahana bada na be vara bona headava hanai taukurokuro besedia. Ini bese natudia momo na taukurokuro tanobada, Australia amo ela Papua New Guinea ai ea gaukara, Australia ese Papua New Guinea tanona enaria va neganai.

Ina nega lalonai, Victoria tanobada lalonai, bese Papua New Guinea amo momo na eregabe laganidia taurahani lalonai. Ini bese momo na dubu abi auka taudia, nao gadodiai eherevamu edia ruma lalodiai. Ini bese kahana na aonega gaukaradia ekaramu to momo na imagaukara eiava murimuri bona ofesi gaukaradia ekaramu. Orea badadia haida eto madia Pacific Motumotu Kansol Victoria lalonai na heduru namodia heina taga bona bese mauri idauidau taudia e henidiamu.

Immigration History from Papua New Guinea (Tok Pisin) to Victoria

Nambawan Papua Niu Gini visita ikam long Australia ikam olsem mission-sponsor bilong asples na tu boat crew bipo long 1870. Ol ikam long bikpela namba na rikrut olsem labour long wok long Queensland sugar industri, sampela bilong ol ibin kidnap na ibin fos long wok. Na planti bilong ol dispela lain ibin go bek long ples, sampela stap and kamapim part bilong Pasifik Ailan communiti long Queensland.

Long eli 20th century, white Australia policy ristriktim Papua Niu Ginien long migrate igo long Australia. Sampela lain kisim tok orait long kam wok long Queensland long pearl fisheries. Long Victoria, liklik communiti tasol istap long mo long tenpela yia, wantaim 39 pipol long Papua na Niu Gini – we ol ibin administer separate long Australia – record long 1921.

Namba bilong ol Papua na Niu Gini husat ikam stap long Viktoria i go antap wantaim gutpela sindaun bihainim polisi bilong ol waitman long Australia long year 1960s. Long 1971 populeisan ibin kamap olsem 1093. Long wankain yiar Papua Niu Gini ibin pas wantaim na stap aninit long wanpela sistem bilong gavman. Long 1975 em kisim indipendens. Populeson bilong ol Papua Niu Gini husat ol karim ol long Victoria i bin go antap moa olsem 2430 long yiar 1991. Long yiar 2011, namba bilong populeson is stap wankain olsem 2536.

Liklik lain husat ol i kamap niupela em ol asples tru bilong Papua Niu Gini. Bikpela namba tru long komuniti em ol wait man yet, na planti long ol narapela pikinini bilong Australia husat i bin go long Papua Niu Gini long wok long taim Autralia ibin lukaitim Papua Niu Gini.

Long Victoria tete komuniti bilong ol Papua Niu Gini emi yangpela wantaim 50% long ol man husat ol stap aninit long 40 pela krismas. Planti long ol dispela lain em ol kristien na oli save toktok Inglish long haus. Haf long dispela ol woklaiin em ol lain husat i wok long ol bikpela opis na ol narapela i wok insait long treid, sevis na opis wok. Oganaiseison olsem pasifik ailan kounsil long Viktoria ol sapotim kainkain kalsa long komuniti.


• Australian censuses separately represented people from Papua and New Guinea until 1976, a year after Papua New Guinea gained full independence.

Average Age

Dataset: Papua New Guinea Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Age Distribution

Dataset: Papua New Guinea Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics


Dataset: Papua New Guinea Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

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Dataset: Papua New Guinea Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics


Dataset: Papua New Guinea Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics


Dataset: Papua New Guinea Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics


Dataset: Papua New Guinea Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics