The Australian Government is now operating in accordance with the Caretaker Conventions pending the outcome of the 2022 federal election.
The health and safety of Australians overseas is our highest priority. 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.
Australia's rich, diverse and enduring relationship with Kiribati is evidenced through bilateral and regional development investments delivering outcomes across a range of thematic areas including Health, Education, Sustainable Economic Growth, Infrastructure, Gender, Disability Inclusion, Social Protection, Climate Resilience, Fisheries, Food Security and Labour Mobility.
Further information is available here - see also the links to a number of selected regional initiatives below.
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.
Australian Fedral Election
We are unable to offer in-person or postal voting for the 2022 Federal Election. For voters unable to travel to other locations to vote, we recommend eligible voters in Kiribati submit an Overseas notification form to the AEC as soon as possible via this link
There are currently no vacancies at the Australian High Commission (AHC).
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
Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships and Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships for study in 2023 are now closed.
Applications for the 2024 rounds are expected to open in February 2023, follow our Facebook page for updates.
For any scholarship enquiries, please email [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 2021-22 DAP funding round is now closed. We expect the 2022-23 DAP funding round to open in November 2022.
Follow the Australian High Commission Facebook page for updates on DAP and other activities of the Australian High Commission in Tarawa at: @australiainkiribati.
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.
The Australian High Commission in Kiribati has no visa function. Our office in Suva, Fiji manages visa services for clients in Kiribati.
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.
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 in this link.
Jobs in Australia
Australian companies associated with the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) 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. Be aware that illegitimate websites exist for the sole purpose of receiving payment for services they have no intention of providing.
If you are interested in registering your interest to work in Australia as part of the PALM Scheme (either in the Seasonal Worker Program or the skilled Pacific Labour Scheme) please contact the Kiribati Ministry of Employment and Human Resource at www.employment.gov.ki
Selected regional initiatives operating in Kiribati with Australia's support
- Pacific Step-up
- Australia's Pacific regional development program
- COVID-19 response packages (Kiribati COVID-19 Development Response Plan)
- Australian Infrastructure Finance Facility for the Pacific
- Pacific Community (SPC)
- Australia Pacific Climate Partnership
- Pacific Women Lead
- Pacific Food Security Initiative
- Pacific regional - climate change and resilience (Kiribati)
- Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus (PACER Plus)
- Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) Scheme
- Australia Awards and Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships
- Australia Pacific Security College
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 this site 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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In a crisis, Smartraveller will activate a crisis page on its website. It will make it easier for you or someone you know to contact the Australian Government if you need help. It will supplement the consular emergency hotline.
Public holidays observed in 2022
- Monday 3 January, New Year's Day (in Lieu)
- Tuesday 8 March, In honour of International Women's Day
- Friday 15 April, Good Friday
- Monday 18 April, Easter Monday
- Monday 2 May, International Labour Day
- Tuesday 12 July, Kiribati National Day
- Wednesday 13 July, In honour of Kiribati National Day
- Friday 5 August, National Youth & Children's Day
- Wednesday 5 October, World Teachers 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
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.