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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