Private Security in Papua New Guinea – A Networked Approach

A study commissioned by the Australian Civil-Military Centre and co-authored by the Australian National University’s Associate Professor Sinclair Dinnen (Department of Pacific Affairs, College of Asia & the Pacific) and Dr Grant Walton (Development Policy Centre, College of Asia & the Pacific).

Papua New Guinea’s (PNG’s) private security industry has grown rapidly in recent decades and is now one of the country’s largest employers. This report details the industry’s current characteristics including its contribution to the PNG economy, its relationship with the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC), and the current regulatory environment. 

The study identifies the need to strengthen existing relationships between the private security industry, the police, civil society leaders and PNG’s security industry regulator, the Security Industries Authority. It also identifies the need for stronger regulation on licencing and training requirements, and additional regulation on the use of new security-related technologies. 

Authors:    Associate Professor Sinclair Dinnen        Dr Grant Walton


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