Papua New Guinea

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Country Snapshot

The GPS Country Snapshot includes 25 sections of information about labor law compliance in Papua New Guinea. See a sample of popular sections below.

Termination of Employment

In Papua New Guinea, a contract of service for a specified time or for specific work terminates when the contract expires or when the work specified in the contract is completed. Where there is no provision in a contract of service for notice of intention to terminate, the length of the notice cannot be less than the following: 

  • 1 day's notice if employed for less than 4 weeks 
  • 1 week's notice if employed for more than 4 weeks but less than 1 year 
  • 2 weeks' notice if employed for more than 1 year but less than 5 years
  • 4 weeks' notice if employed for more than 5 years

Notice of termination should be provided either in writing or orally, depending on the type of employment agreement. An employer and an employee may mutually agree to terminate an employment agreement with or without notice. 

Work Permits

Papua New Guinea offers three types of work permits: general, volunteer, and bridging. General work permits are for commercial industries which operate for financial gain, while volunteer work permits are for those who perform work of a voluntary nature. Bridging work permits apply to non-citizens who want to change their employment and have applied for a new work permit. Work permits can be short-term (up to 6 months), long-term (1-3 years) or bridging (up to 60 days). 

Paid Annual Leave

In Papua New Guinea, female employees are entitled to unpaid maternity leave. Those employed for at least 12 months are entitled to 108 days, and those employed for no less than 6 months are entitled to 90 days of maternity leave. 

Working Hours

Employees who are not engaged in shift work are allowed a rest period of at least 24 consecutive hours every week from Monday to Sunday. Shift workers are allowed rest periods which cannot be less than 24 consecutive hours and must total less than 96 hours every 28 days. 

Maternity Leave

In Papua New Guinea, female employees are entitled to unpaid maternity leave. Those employed for at least 12 months are entitled to 108 days, and those employed for no less than 6 months are entitled to 90 days of maternity leave. 

Minimum Wage

The national minimum wage for Papua New Guinea is PGK 3.50 (Papua New Guinean Kina) per hour. The national minimum wage has not changed since 2014. 

Country Profile

The GPS Country Profile contains detailed information on over 60 topics related to labor law compliance within Papua New Guinea.
  • Type of Employment Relationship
  • Permanent Employment
  • Fixed-Term or Specific-Purpose Contracts
  • Temporary Employment Contracts
  • Part-time Employment
  • Young Worker Employment
  • Vendors and Independent Contractors
  • Types of Contracts
  • Probationary Period
  • Termination of the Contract of Employment
  • Grounds for Termination
  • Notice of Dismissal
  • Fair Dismissal
  • Redundancy
  • Unfair Dismissal
  • Suspension of Contract of Employment
  • Severance Benefits
  • Hours of Work
  • Work Week and Timekeeping
  • Night Work and Shift Work
  • Overtime
  • Remote Work
  • Required Time Off
  • Public Holidays
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Maternity
  • Other Forms of Leave
  • Social Insurance and Retirement
  • Social Security Contribution
  • National Retirement Scheme
  • Dependents’/Survivors Benefit
  • Life and Disability Insurance/Benefit
  • Statutory Allowances
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Minimum Wage (Basic Wage)
  • Bonuses, Profit Sharing and Other Compensation
  • Medical Insurance
  • Work Environment
  • Workplace Safety and Health
  • Prohibition of Discrimination
  • Prohibition of Harassment
  • Data Protection and Privacy
  • Whistleblowers and Retaliation
  • Workers’ representation in the organization
  • Freedom of Association
  • Registration and Recognition of Unions
  • Trade Union Personality
  • Collective Bargaining and Agreements
  • Disputes and Settlements
  • Strikes and Lockouts
  • Unfair Labor Practices
  • Taxation of Compensation and Benefits
  • Income Tax
  • Taxation of Employee Benefits
  • Tax Filing and Payment Procedures
  • Double Tax Relief and Tax Treaties
  • Visas and Work Permits
  • Visas
  • Work Permits and Residence Permits

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