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Papua New Guinea Human Resource Institute is an autonomous and self-funding, not for profit professional association of human resource managers, practitioners and academicians in the country. It was first established in 1973 as a society of Personnel Managers and eventually incorporated in 1997 into the current body with membership and associates of more than 500 organizations and professionals in Papua New Guinea. PNGHRI also has more than 100 active Student Chapter members at the University of Papua New Guinea

PNGHRI in fulfilling its visions carries out professional human resources development activities like training's, workshops, seminars, conferences and other capacity building programs. It is affiliated to the Asia Pacific Federation of Personal Managers Association. Sister Professional Organizations include Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI), New Zealand Human Resources Institute (NZHRI), and ten (10) others in the Asia Pacific region.