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  • DoT Port visit at Puma Energy

    MTAP Port Visit

    Officers in the Maritime Technical Assistance Program observing ISPS security application at Puma Energy's port facility.

  • The Project for Capacity Development of DoT in port policy and administration

    Capacity Development Program

    DoT Maritime officers with JICA experts on a port facility survey as part of the Capacity Development Program on Port Policy and Administration

  • Moresby Express an ISPS compliant ship

    ISPS Compliant Ships

    Maritime Security Division enforces the ISPS code in PNG via the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Security) Regulation 2005

  • TSPU officer at Jackson's airport, Port Moresby

    Transport Security Policy Unit

    TSPU officer from DoT at Jackson's airport

The Transport Sector Institutional Reform was realized through the following principles: 

  1. Separation of responsibilities for regulation from management of service delivery;
  2. Move public sector away from government departments towards either statutory regulatory authorities with dedicated funding, or to state owned enterprises that recover costs from charges;
  3. Public sector minimizes its direct provision of transport infrastructure and transport services through outsourcing and contracting to private sector;
  4. Provision of transport services is regulated with some safeguards to minimise monoploistic behaviour of employment for PNG national and services delivery;
  5. Government regulates service quality for adherence to minimum standards in safety and security and provision of services;
  6. Improve cost recovery for government provided transport services and infrastructure through user charges based on cost responsibilities - with regenerations in certain cases;
  7. Transparent system for determining the extent and equitable deliver of Community Services Obligation (CBO) Community Assistance and sustainable funding mechanisms.

Transport Sector Institutional Reform

Transport Sector Institutional Reform

The Department of Transport (DOT) has the primary responsibility for the transport sector, headed by the Secretary for Transport under the Minister. The Secretary has a number of other roles as a member of various statutory authorities, boards and committees. Within the DOT there are divisions for policy development, planning and monitoring of sector expenditure, liaison with and assistance to the provinces, and modal divisions for land transport, maritime, air traffic regulation and air services licensing, aviation security and maritime security. The National Weather Service (NWS) also currently falls under the Department of Transport.

PNG Transport Sector Institutions
Institutional Structure of PNG Transport Sector

Secretary's Foreword

In July 2013, the current Government approved the National Transport Strategy (NTS) which comprises the 2014-2030 Policy and related Investment Plan (2014-2018) as our road map for the Transport Sector in PNG. The NTS specifies the sub sector modal policies, plans and priority projects that have been identified by the sector agencies for delivery.

Department of Transport will continue to be the lead agency in the Coordination& Monitoring of the NTS and in developing transport sector policies, identifying and setting strategies, Planning & Budgeting and Monitoring & Coordination of those Policies and Plans for the three modes of transportation: air, land and sea in PNG.

The 2014 elevation of the former Ministry of Transport, under the Prime Minister's Ministerial Determinations, to the new Ministry of Transport & Infrastructure in the coordination of key transport infrastructures approved by the Government has challenged the Department's preparedness to take on the added responsibility.

However, this does not change our aspirations to focus on the Department of Transport's vision by striving to improve on our consultation and collaboration with our many stakeholders and partnering with the industry and communities to facilitate the delivery of a well-integrated, safe and sustainable transport system in PNG.

Our Secretary

Department of Transport & Infrastructure Secretary

Roy Mumu, OBE