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

Current Vacancy

Are you self-motivated, pro-active and ready to take on new challenges?

Do you want to achieve results that make a difference?

The Australian High Commission is seeking dynamic and high-performing professionals to fill a vacancy anticipated in the aid program team.

The successful applicant will be responsible and accountable for managing the implementation of climate change adaptation and infrastructure development programs in Kiribati in alignment with the Australian Government’s broader strategic objectives.

You can download the information pack or 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 (Tarawa time) on Friday, 16 December 2016



Australian Government Scholarships (Australia Awards)

Australia Award Scholarship applications closed on 21 March 2016.  

Shortlisted applicants who sat the academic aptitude test in April and have been successful in reaching the interview stage of the selection process have been notified via the email address they provided. Please check your email regularly.  Unsuccessful applicants who sat the aptitude test have also been notified via email.   

The next round of applications will open in early 2017.

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

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) for 2016-17 is now open and applications are invited for projects. 

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.

You can download the information pack including the application form or collect a copy from the Australian High Commission, Bairiki.

DAP enquiries can be emailed to

Applications close 31 October 2016


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.

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

Public Holidays Observed in 2016

  • Friday 25 March                           Good Friday
  • Monday 28 March                       Easter Monaday                            
  • Monday 13 June                         Queen\'s Birthday
  • Monday 11 July                           In honour of Kiribati National Day
  • Tuesday 12 July                          National Day
  • Wednesday 13 July                    National Senior Citizens Day
  • Monday 1 August                        Youth Day
  • Monday 10 October                   Education Day
  • Monday 26 December               Boxing Day
  • Tuesday 27 December              Christmas Day (in lieu)
  • Wednesday 28 December        Additional DFAT Holiday
  • Thursday 29 December            Additional DFAT Holiday
  • Friday 30 December                   Additional DFAT Holiday