Papua New Guinea Footy 9s jumper front
A handful of people from Papua New Guinea, crew members of boats and mission-sponsored villagers, visited Australia in the 1870s. In the early 1880s, more than 3000 Papuan labourers were recruited for the Queensland sugarcane fields.

Australia is PNG’s largest trading and commercial partner, reflecting the close historical association between Australia and Papua New Guinea.

The 2016 Census recorded 28,800 Papua New Guinea-born people in Australia. Queensland had the largest number with 16,120 followed by New South Wales (5,466), Victoria (2,611) and Western Australia (2,031).

Have you ever wanted to pull on your national jumper and represent your country?

Playing Footy 9s gives you an opportunity to do just that! It’s a fun and exciting new sport, with both full contact (tackling) and non-contact (no tackling) options to choose from.

If you are of PNG descent and keen to represent PNG, please join the Team PNG Facebook group.

Mal Michael | James Gwilt