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Australian High Commission in Kiribati
Welcome to the Australian High Commission, Tarawa website. Our Head of Mission is Mr George Fraser.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Australian Government Scholarships (Australia Awards)
Update on selection for the 2016 intake
Applications closed in March 2015. In April, candidates shortlisted at the first stage were invited to sit an academic aptitude test, administered through an independent organisation based in Australia. This independent testing was used to ensure the fairest possible outcomes for the merit-based selection process. The test candidates with the strongest performance have been invited to attend an interview in June. All shortlisted candidates have been advised of the outcome of the second stage of shortlisting via the email addresses they provided in their application.
Applications for the 2017 intake
Applications for the 2017 scholarship intake will open in early 2016. Updates, information packs and application forms will be posted on this website.
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.
The DAP is a small discretionary grants scheme administered by the Australian High Commission. Attention is given to projects providing direct benefits to those most in need in the local community, including vulnerable or disadvantaged groups, children and youth. Applications for 2014 are now closed. Applications are expected to open in August 2015.
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
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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 2015
- Monday 9 March In Honour of Women's Day
- Friday 3 April Good Friday
- Monday 6 April Easter Monday
- Monday 8 June Queen's Birthday
- Monday 13 July In honour of Kiribati National Day
- Tuesday 14 July In honour of Kiribati National Day
- Monday 3 August Youth Day
- Monday 5 October Education Day
- Monday 7 December Human Rights and Peace Day
- Thursday 24 December Additional DFAT Holiday
- Friday 25 December Christmas Day
- Monday 28 December Boxing Day (in lieu)
- Tuesday 29 December Additional DFAT Holiday