Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has announced a $9 million aid package for the Pacific while touring areas affected by severe drought in Papua New Guinea.
Ms Bishop visited Wapemananda in Enga Province in the Papua New Guinea highlands today, one of the areas more severely affected by the El Nino-induced drought.
Ms Bishop said it was important to see the impact first-hand and assess the damage.
"I want to hear from those on ground, the NGOs, the local communities, about the impact and then assess what Australia would be able to do to help," she said.
Of the pledged funding, $5 million will be given to specific programs in Papua New Guinea, mainly for technical and logistical support.