Radio Australia | ABC [extracts]
And Papua New Guineans have such a good reputation they are getting promoted faster than their Australian counterparts.
Latest estimates suggest up to 3,000 skilled Papua New Guineans have moved to Australia.
Dr Ben Imbun (pictured), a senior lecturer in the School of Management at the University of Western Sydney has been tracking their movements.
He told the ABC’s Jemima Garrett that low wages in PNG are adding to the incentives to join the brain-drain.
“They are doing blue collar workers to white collar managerial supervisory, mine geologists, engineers, so anything within that range, any job,” Dr Imbun said.
“They are paid a lot a year in terms of comparing with what they get up there [in Papua New Guinea]. They get a third of what an expatriate Australian or American or Canadian get up there. So when they have been trickling down and moving here they realise that they are paid as equal as anybody else.”
Dr Imbun believes this would average around $120,000 a year, and says Papua New Guineans tend to get faster promotion than their Australian counterparts.
“The ones coming here are skilled and have worked in some of the quite established mines in Papua New Guinea and have a vast accumulation of experience…. Up in PNG they are more generic or they are able to do everything.”
Dr Imbun said he was surprised that the ‘brain drain’ from PNG had not been noticed by the politicians.
“My opinion is that they do not sit down to prioritise what's really happening, that's why a lot of the countrymen and women are here in Australia doing all these things, but it hasn’t hit [the politicians] yet