The Australian Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, has arrived in Papua New Guinea for his first official visit to the country.
During his four-day stay in PNG he will meet with Acting Prime Minister, Leo Dion, and Foreign Minister, Rimbink Pato.
On Saturday Senator Carr will fly to Mount Hagen, the biggest city in the populous Highlands region, where he will visit a school and a hospital that are supported by Australian aid.
Senator Carr will also stop at Wapanamanda in Enga Province, the home village of his PNG counterpart.
Other Australian government ministers will travel to Port Moresby on Thursday for the annual Australia-PNG Ministerial Forum.
Senator Carr says one of the issues Australia intends to raise during the forum is PNG's rates of domestic and sexual violence.
He has announced $370,000 to fund four Family and Sexual Violence Units, which will offer support for women trying to escape domestic violence.
"Research shows two in three PNG women have suffered from domestic violence and that's the reason for the priority that the Government of PNG is giving this program." he told Radio Australia.
Senator Carr says the new units will operate out of police stations and will be able to provide counselling and properly investigate domestic violence cases.
"Officers working in these units will help women seek support services such as transport to courts, medical assistance, help with interim protection orders and safe housing," he said.
Senator Carr says the units will be up and running by the beginning of 2013.
Ministers will also be discussing moves for an economic cooperation treaty between Australia and PNG, the establishment of the PNG Sovereign Wealth Fund and cooperation on police, immigration and economic development.