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.
2017 New England by-election
A by-election for the federal electoral Division of New England in New South Wales will be held on Saturday 2 December 2017.
You can check if you are enrolled in the Division of New England, enrol or update your enrolment details at www.aec.gov.au/enrol. The deadline to enrol is 8pm AEDT Friday 3 November 2017.
In-person voting will not be available outside of Australia for this by-election. If you will be overseas on by-election day, you can apply for a postal vote or you can vote in person in Australia before you go.
You can apply for a postal vote by completing a ‘Postal Vote Application’ on the AEC website. You should ensure that you apply for a postal vote as soon as possible to allow enough time for the ballot papers to reach you overseas before by-election day.
Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey
The Australian Government will proceed with the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey of all Australians on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll. Instructions on survey participation will be published on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website.
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 email@example.com
Australian Government Scholarships (Australia Awards)
Applications for the 2018 Intake
Australia Awards applications for study commencing in 2018 have closed. We look forward to accepting applications in early 2018 for study commencing in 2019. Information on application forms will be advertised on the Australian High Commission website and in local newspapers.
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 https://survey.acer.edu.au/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=728579&lang=en
To learn more about the Facility please visit the Facility website https://www.australiaawardstracerfacility.org/. You can keep in contact with other alumni and find more professional development opportunities by joining the Australia Global Alumni network at www.globalalumni.gov.au
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.
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.
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
- 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.
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 www.border.gov.au.
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 ttsKiribati@ttsvisas.com or call the VAC on 29264/ 29265. For more information, including forms and checklists, please visit the official TT Services website at www.ttsaustralia.com.
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
- Consular Duty Officer (during working hours) +686 21184, Consular Duty Officer (after working hours) +61 2 6261 3305
- Toll Free (local call cost - within Australia only) 1300 555 135
- Travel Advice from the Department
- Australian Travellers\' Bulletin
- Australian travellers and residents in Kiribati are encouraged to register with Smartraveller.
- Passports Australia
- Other Australian Embassies, consulates and missions websites around the world
Email us using firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit us in Bairiki, Tarawa
Ring us on 21184
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