Papua New Guinea's autonomous region of Bougainville has new police barracks.
A statement says the Australian Government-supported barracks will assist the Bougainville police service to reach its goal of 100 more police officers on patrol by 2016.
It also adds that the male and female barracks will provide accommodation for 40 Bougainvilleans to undertake pre-recruit training at the police training centre in Buka next year.
Australia's foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, who opened the new quarters, says a growing and well-trained Bougainville police service is critical for providing the security and order that underpins peace, democracy and development for Bougainville.
Ms Bishop says she is also pleased that 16 women have been selected by their communities to undertake pre-recruit training next year.
She adds if successful in their course, these trainees will be eligible to join the police as recruits.