Papua New Guinea
The Kokoda Track has historical significance for people in Papua New Guinea and Australia and is a powerful symbol of the enduring relationship between the two countries. Increasing numbers of trekkers are experiencing the physically challenging 96-kilometre walk every year, making the Kokoda Track PNG's most popular land-based tourism attraction and an important source of national income.
In 2008, the Australian and PNG governments signed a Joint Understanding to work together to protect the Kokoda Track and Owen Stanley Ranges and improve the livelihoods of communities living along the Track.
This work is being delivered through the joint Kokoda Initiative.
Second Joint Understanding 2010 - 2015
The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Papua New Guinea Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Immigration signed the Second Joint Understanding between Papua New Guinea and Australia on the Owen Stanley Ranges, Brown River Catchment and Kokoda Track Region on 8 July 2010. The second Joint Understanding will continue the work being done by the Australian and Papua New Guinean Governments through the Kokoda Initiative on the sustainable development of the Owen Stanley Ranges, Brown River Catchment and Kokoda Track Region and the protection of its special natural, cultural and historic values.
The Kokoda Initiative is delivered through the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities and the Papua New Guinean Department of Environment and Conservation.
Kokoda Track Safety Package
The Australian and Papua New Guinean governments are working together to implement a range of safety projects along the Kokoda Track. This includes a major upgrade of the Owers Corner Road, repairs to other local roads and bridges, safety enhancements at airstrips, improvements to radio communications, assessments of health issues and subsidised first aid training.
The two governments have committed $4.9 million in funding for these important infrastructure and safety projects, which will benefit local communities and trekkers.
Sustainable Livelihoods Project
Under the Kokoda Initiative, the PNG and Australian governments will work with Track communities on the Sustainable Livelihoods Project.
Identifying potential economic benefit streams and improving the livelihoods of landowners and communities, including through tourism-related income generation, is an important objective of the PNG-Australia Joint Understanding on the Kokoda Track and Owen Stanley Ranges.
In mid 2009, a specialist team visited Track communities and engaged with trek operators to identify existing and potential opportunities for livelihoods projects and to develop a concept for a rural micro-business program along the Track corridor. A number of opportunities were identified and this work has resulted in the development of a micro-business support program which will be piloted from early 2010.
- Factsheet: Sustainable Livelihoods Project
Kokoda Stakeholder Forum - Sydney 2012
As part of the Kokoda Initiative, Papua New Guinean and Australian governments host an annual stakeholder forum. The events are held in both Papua New Guinea and Australia with the aim of bringing together the many stakeholder groups working to deliver the Kokoda Initiative or with an interest in the program.
"The track" - A historical desktop study of the Kokoda Track
The Track was commissioned as a reference document by the Department to assess the wartime routes of the Kokoda Track and to assist the Department's work under the Kokoda Initiative.
Kokoda Education Resource - Department of Veterans' Affairs
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Kokoda campaign, the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) developed an education resource titled 'Kokoda: Exploring the Second World War campaign in Papua New Guinea'.