Australian High Commission

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The health and safety of Australians overseas is our highest priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not taking public appointments at this time. Our ability to provide some services may be limited. We will continue to prioritise consular services to those in genuine need. If you require urgent assistance, please contact our Consular Emergency Centre, Canberra (Australia): +61 2 6261 3305.

Australian High Commission in Kiribati

Mauri and welcome to the official website of the Australian High Commission in Tarawa, Kiribati.

Our Head of Mission is Mr. David Yardley.

Media Release of the appointment is here.

We invite you to access the resources and information contained on this website or contact us on [email protected]  if you wish to  make a general inquiry.

We are also on Facebook - follow us to learn more about the day-to-day activities of the high commission and its work supporting the people and Government of Kiribati.



There are currently no vacancies at the Australian High Commission (AHC).


Short-term Engagements

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 protected]


2022 Australian Scholarship Awards

The Australian Scholarships Awards applications period for the 2022 intake is now closed. All scholarship enquiries should be forwarded to [email protected].


Direct Aid Program (DAP)

DAP is a flexible small grants program (up to $20,000 per grant) 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.

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) 2021-22 funding round is now open. Application can now be downloaded here or collected from the Australian High Commission office in Bairiki.

DAP 2021-22 will close 4pm Tuesday 30 November 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.

Follow the Australian High Commission Facebook page for updates on DAP and other activities of the Australian High Commission in Tarawa, at: @australiainkiribati


Visas and Immigration

Australia has COVID-19 travel restrictions currently in place. As well as a visa, you may be required to obtain a travel exemption, depending on your circumstances. Information is available on the Home Affairs COVID-19 page

Visit the Home Affairs website for further information regarding visas or citizenship. If you are unable to find the information you need on the Home Affairs website, telephone the Global Service Centre.


Visa Services

The Australian High Commission in Kiribati has no visa function. Our office in Suva, Fiji manages visa services for clients in Kiribati. Please visit: Suva, Fiji

You can apply online for most Australian visas and citizenship through ImmiAccount. This is the preferred and most efficient way to apply.

In Kiribati, VFS Global operates an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC). Please visit their website  for further information on the services available.

Visa applications are not accepted at the Australian High Commission office in Kiribati.


Contact Us

If you have read this information and still need more information or help, you can contact the  Visa Office at the Australian High Commission in Suva here: Contact us


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 Officers can be contacted on +686 740 21184. After working hours, emergency consular calls will be transferred to the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre (CEC) in Canberra. The CEC can also be contacted directly on +61 2 6261 3305.

Passport services are available at the Australian High Commission Annex (opposite St Anne’s Preschool, Main Road, Bairiki) between 10.00 am and 4 pm weekdays, excluding public holidays. Visit to confirm fees and access more information.

Notarial services are available during working hours, by appointment. Contact us via [email protected] or +686 740 21184 to make an appointment. Visit Smartraveller to confirm fees and access more information.

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Public Holidays observed in 2021

  • Friday 1 January                          New Year's Day
  • Friday 12 March                            In honour of International Women's Day                           
  • Friday 2 April                                 Good Friday
  • Monday 5 April                             Easter Monday
  • Friday 9 July                                 In honour of Kiribati National Day
  • Monday 12 July                           Kiribati National Day
  • Tuesday 13 July                          In honour of Kiribati National Day
  • Friday 6 August                           Youth & Children's Day 
  • Friday 8 October                         Education Day               
  • Monday 27 December              Christmas Day (In Lieu)
  • Tuesday 28 December             Boxing Day (In Lieu)
  • Wednesday 29 December      Additional DFAT Holiday
  • Thursday 30 December           Additional DFAT Holiday
  • Friday 31 December                 Additional DFAT Holiday


Contact us

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Email us at [email protected] 

Send us a mail to the following postal address:

P.O. Box 77, Bairiki, Tarawa, Kiribati

Phone us on: (+686) 740 21184

Office hours are 8.30 am to 5 pm weekdays, excluding public holidays.