AN Australian who went to primary school in Papua New Guinea is to return - as high commissioner.
Ian Kemish will take up the top job next month.
Mr Kemish, who speaks the PNG language Tok Pisin, is a career public servant who was recently ambassador to Germany.
He was decorated for his work with the Australian Government dealing with the aftermath of the 2002 Bali bombings.
Meanwhile, Australia's consul-general to the Pacific nation of Nauru, George Fraser, has been upgraded to a high commissioner.
The move recognises that Australia's mission to Nauru has been upgraded from a consulate-general to a high commission.