Australian High Commission



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 Bruce Cowled.

We invite you to access the resources and information contained on this website or contact us if you wish to email or 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.


Vacancies (1 Available)

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

Program Manager for Labour Mobility

Are you passionate about helping to provide and enhance the benefits of overseas employment for the Kiribati people?

We are seeking a highly motivated and capable individual to fill the position of Program Manager for Labour Mobility. The successful applicant will be employed on an on-going contract subject to a three-month probation period.

The successful applicant will be the focal point for the Pacific Labour Scheme and Pacific Labour Facility activities, and any future labour mobility-related programs in Kiribati under the Australian Aid Program.

The information pack (click highlighted link to download a copy) 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, 20 August 2018.


Australian Government Scholarships (Australia Awards)

Applications for Australia Awards scholarships in Kiribati have now closed.  Applicants identified to progress to the interviews will be contacted in mid to late June. Applications for scholarships in 2020 will open early in 2019. 

For Alumni, please contact us here.


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 have prioritised 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 September 2018.


    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.


    Information for Australian Travellers

  • 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 6 August                        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

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    Send us a mail to the following postal address:

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

    Give us a call on (+686) 74021184

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