Australian High Commission

Australian High Commission in Kiribati

Welcome to the Australian High Commission, Tarawa website. Our Head of Mission is Mr Bruce Cowled.

If you wish to seek information about various services we provide, you may click on the links on this page. If you wish to email or make a general inquiry, please contact us.



From time-to-time the Australian High Commission requires the services of specialised staff for short-term engagements, and there may be qualified people among Australians (citizens and residents) or New Zealanders living in Tarawa. Any such persons are welcome to submit an expression of interest to the High Commission with a brief CV and details of their areas of expertise. Expressions should be emailed to


Australian Government Scholarships (Australia Awards)

Applications for the 2018 Intake

The Joint Australia and New Zealand Scholarships selection process for the 2018 intake opens to the public on Monday 30 January 2017.

Applicants must carefully read the Information Pack that goes together with the Common Application Form. 

The hard copies of the Information Pack and the Common Application Forms can be collected at the New Zealand High Commission. These two documents are now available to download from this website until Tuesday 07 March 2017.

Please note that the hard copies of the completed applications must be submitted to the NZ High Commission office no later than 4pm on Tuesday 07 March 2017. Completed electronic applications and supporting documents can also be submitted via email to

Please also note that LATE and INCOMPLETE application forms will NOT be considered.

2018 Common Application Form

2018 Information Form

Other documents you should read:

Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook

Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships Policy Handbook

Alumni Network

All scholarships awardees who have completed their awards are asked to provide the AHC Australia Awards Office (21184 ext 204/225) any updates to their contact details to help us build our Alumni network, and so that we can contact you about any upcoming alumni events.


Climate Change Report

The Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning (PACCSAP) Program has released Climate Variability, Extremes and Change in the Western Tropical Pacific: New Science and Updated Country Reports 2014 which includes a specific chapter for Kiribati. The report, jointly authored by Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO, provides the latest scientific understanding of large-scale climate processes, observations, variability and extremes in the western tropical Pacific through complex model projections. This latest climate science is consistent with the 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group findings. Additional information is available on the Pacific Climate Change Science website.

Under its aid policy, Australia continues to address climate change impacts in Kiribati through bilateral and regional aid programs. Actions will build resilience and address key issues highlighted in the PACCSAP report. For more information on Australian Aid, please visit Australia’s Aid Program to Kiribati website.


Sea Levels and Tide Calendar

The Australian-funded Climate and Ocean Support Services Program to the Pacific (COSPPac) has assisted the Government of Kiribati to develop a real time tide display available through the Kiribati Meteorological Services website. This displays the sea level and wind speed data from the local tide gauges in real time, thus enhancing planning for tidal and storm events. The tide gauges were installed with support from Australian Aid and are used primarily to derive the annual tidal calendar.


Regional Kiribati Poverty Assessment

The Kiribati poverty assessment, developed in 2013, outlines the nature and causes of poverty in Kiribati. It was developed by drawing on a range of sources, including key informant interviews and focus group discussions. The report was drafted with a view to better informing the Australian High Commission staff about how to strengthen the poverty focus of our aid investments. The analysis may be of use to the Government of Kiribati, development partners and academic researchers.


Australian Aid Program YouTube Channel

The Department of Foreign Affairs has produced a short, five minute video which introduces Hon Julia Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Hon. Andrew Robb, Minister for Trade and Investment outlining the Government’s foreign and trade policy agenda and priorities.


Australian Grants

Direct Aid Program (DAP)

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a grants scheme that is administered by the Australian High Commission.  It aims to support small-scale sustainable development projects and activities that involve local communities. Where possible, community members should participate in the design, development and implementation of the project. 

DAP supports projects that provide assistance to one or more of the following priority sectors:

Health:                   community water, sanitation, NCD prevention, environment protection                                                                 Education:            especially pre-school / primary levels                                                                                                                                                      Gender:                  equity, women and child safety                                                                                                                                                                                        Poverty:                 vocational skills and sustainable income generation

The target groups are Women/ Children/ Disabled groups. 

DAP enquiries can be emailed to


Visas and Immigration

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is making it quicker and easier to apply for visas through ImmiAccount. More information can be found here. For further information about visas and immigration, please see

In person visa applications and enquiries in Kiribati are dealt with through the Visa Application Centre (VAC). Clients resident in Kiribati, regardless of nationality, should continue to direct enquiries and paper applications to the AVAC in Abarao, Tarawa. Clients can visit the AVAC in person or post or courier their visa application. The VAC is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. For general visa enquiries, please email or call the VAC on 29264/ 29265. For more information, including forms and checklists, please visit the official TT Services website at

Staff at the VAC have no involvement in the decision-making process or any knowledge of the application outcome. Applications lodged through the VAC are assessed and decided at the Australian High Commission in Suva, Fiji. For further information, please see their website.


Jobs for Australia

Australian companies associated with the Overseas Workers Scheme or any other working scheme, do not have the authority to guarantee jobs or visas. Do not send any money to any company. If asked by any company to send money then refer the matter to the Australian High Commission. There is no guarantee for a working visa to Australia. Be aware that illegitimate websites exist for the sole purpose of receiving payment for services they have no intention of providing.


Information for Australian Travellers


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Office hours are 8.30am to 5.00 weekdays, excluding public holidays.


Public Holidays Observed in 2017

  • Monday 2 January                      New Year's Day (in lieu)
  • Friday 10 March                           Women's Day                           
  • Friday 14 April                              Good Friday
  • Monday 17 April                          Easter Monday
  • Wednesday 12 July                    Kiribati National Day
  • Thursday 13 July                         In Honour of National Day
  • Friday 14 July                               In Honour of national Day
  • Monday 7 August                        Youth Day
  • Friday 6 October                         Education Day
  • Monday 25 December              Christmas Day
  • Tuesday 26 December              Boxing Day
  • Wednesday 27 Decenber         Additional DFAT Holiday
  • Thursday 28 December            Additional DFAT Holiday
  • Friday 29 December                  Additional DFAT Holiday