Papua New Guinea

Output 1: Improved country level child labour and education legal framework

  • The legislative review on child labour: The review was finalized and provided to relevant partners, including the Departments of Labour and Industrial Relations (DLIR), the Ministry of Education (MOE), and Community Development. The DLIR is currently working on the labour reform and revising the Employment Act. The current draft revisions incorporate recommendations from the legislative review to address gaps in labour legislation in regards to the provisions in the Child Labour Conventions.
  • A National Child Labour Forum: The forum was held from 26 to 28 July 2011 with over 50 participants to endorse the findings of the child labour research and the draft national action plan against child labour. The DLIR has committed through the draft national action plan, to addressing gaps in the Employment Act in regards to ILO Conventions Nos. 138 and 182, mainstreaming the work of TACKLE into the functions of the department, compiling the hazardous child labour list, and supporting the development of the national child labour policy.

Output 2: Strengthened institutional capacity to formulate and implement child labour strategies

  • The report on “Child Labour in Papua Guinea: Rapid Assessment in Port Moresby on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and Children Working on the streets”: The report was published in 2011 and will be launched by the DLIR at a high-level event in April 2012.
  • In order to provide advice and guidance on the child labour research, a Child Labour Research Committee was formed in December 2010. The committee included representatives from the DLIR, Workers’ and Employers’ organizations, the National Research Institute and a non-governmental organization. The committee has been involved in the design and implementation process of the research. The creation of the Committee was preceded by a regional workshop that was facilitated by the IPEC Senior Statistician on research on child labour and attended by 36 participants.
  • Labour Inspectors Training: Training of labour inspectors on child labour issues has started in August 2009. It aims at mainstreaming child labour into the labour inspection system has been addressed. Subsequently to the training, a child labour inspection form was drafted.

Output 3: Targeted actions to combat child labour

  • The action programme on “Eliminating Child Labour: Targeting the most vulnerable and at-risk children in Port Moresby, PNG” will be implemented by the Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) starting April 2012. It will target children in commercial sexual exploitation and at-risk of engaging in child labour.

Output 4: Enhanced knowledge base and networks on child labour and education

  • The World Day against Child Labour was observed in PNG with students, teachers, youths and community groups. Activities included: the March for Children, posters and poetry competitions, radio programmes, and child labour sensitization workshops for students and teachers.


  1. Good practices

    Good practices in tackling child labour through education - Selected examples from the IPEC TACKLE Project

    10 October 2013

    The objective of the TACKLE project was to contribute to the withdrawal of children engaged in child labour and to prevent further entry of children into employment by offering them alternative education and training opportunities and thereby contributing towards poverty reduction.


  1. Publication

    Child labour in Papua New Guinea: Report on the rapid assessment in Port Moresby on commercial sexual exploitation of children and children working on the streets, 2011

    01 December 2011

    The Report of child labour in Papua New Guinea provides an overview of the processes, key findings and recommendations of the Child Labour Research Surveys, supported through the TACKLE project, in two sectors in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea including: i. Commercial sexual exploitation of children; ii. Children working on the streets.