The evacuees are from Nano, Ubili, Pandi and the Pata Painave areas.
They have been moved to four care centres around Bialla to avoid the ashfall from the eruption.
A disaster operating base has been established at Bialla.
Local media report the Rabaul Volcano Observatory saying the eruption could continue indefinitely, but the agency has revealed a key seismic station located near the base of Mt Ulawun has been lost with the eruption and this is impacting on their ability to assess the volcano's activity.
West New Britain disaster officials say the eruption has resulted in new vents being created on Mt Ulawun.
On Tuesday the provincial police commander for West New Britain Chief Inspector Peter Barkie told the Post-Courier that evacuees were in dire need of relief supplies.
NBC reports that the palm oil operators New Britain Palm Oil Ltd and Hargy Oil have been helping to dispatch relief supplies.
Air flights into Hoskins Airport are on hold after the airport was shut because of the ashfall.