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.


                                                                                                      Public Notice

                                                                             New Year greetings from the Australian High Commission in Tarawa.

                                                          We wish to advise that our phone number has changed.  Our new number is now 74021184.



Current Vacancy

Are you that person interested to take this challenge and make positive contribution?

The Australian High Commission in Kiribati is seeking for a motivated and capable individual to fill the position of Head of Mission Executive Assistant (HOM EA) and Research officer. The successful applicant will be employed on an on-going contract subject to a three-month probation period.

The officer is expected to provide high-level executive, administration and organisational support to the HOM. Also to provide research support to the HOM on political and economic matters in Kiribati.

To obtain the information pack, You can download it here or email You can also visit the Australian High Commission Annex (opposite St Anne Preschool) between 9.00am and 4.30pm to collect a copy of the information pack.

The information pack comprises a summary of the employment package, the position description, the selection criteria and instructions on how to apply.

Applications close at 4pm on Monday 9 April 2018.  



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 Australia Awards scholarships in Kiribati have now closed.  Applicants identified to progress to the aptitude test will be contacted in early May.  Applications for scholarships in 2020 will open early in 2019.


Alumni Network

Did you study in Australia on an Australian development scholarship in the 1990s or 2000s? We want to hear from you!

The Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility (the Facility) is researching the long-term outcomes of the Australia Awards and predecessor scholarships programs. Between October and December 2017 we will be surveying and interviewing scholarship alumni who completed their award between 1996 and 2005.

The Facility researchers will be collecting information from alumni about the ways they have used their knowledge and skills gained while studying in Australia to contribute to development in their countries and strengthen networks with Australia.

If you are interested in sharing your story and helping to evaluate the long-term benefits of receiving an Australian Government scholarship please register your interest via

To learn more about the Facility please visit the Facility website  You can keep in contact with other alumni and find more professional development opportunities by joining the Australia Global Alumni network at

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)

DAP is a competitive small grants program 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. I-Kiribati local community and non-government organisations (NGOs) are eligible to apply.

In 2017-18, the Australian High Commission will prioritise funding for projects that address:

  • Poverty alleviation
  • Community health
  • Education
  • Water and sanitation
  • Environmental protection/climate change
  • Gender equality
  • Empowerment of women and girls
  • Youth empowerment
  • Disability empowerment and inclusion
  • Sport for development

Applications for the 2017-18 DAP grants round closed on Friday 13 October 2017. Information about the next DAP grants round will be available in 2018-19.


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 72029264/ 75229263. 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.


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


Public Holidays Observed in 2018

  • Monday 1 January                      New Year's Day
  • Friday 9 March                              Women's Day                           
  • Friday 30 March                           Good Friday
  • Monday 2 April                             Easter Monday
  • Thursday 12 July                         Kiribati National Day
  • Friday 13 July                                In Honour of National Day
  • Monday 13August                        Youth Day
  • Friday 5 October                           Education Day
  • Monday 24 December                Christmas Day
  • Tuesday 25 December              Boxing Day
  • Wednesday 26 Decenber         Additional DFAT Holiday
  • Thursday 27 December            Additional DFAT Holiday
  • Friday 28 December                  Additional DFAT Holiday
  • Monday 31 December              Additional DFAT Holiday