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 on  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.



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


Australian Government Scholarships (Australia Awards)

Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships, Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships and New Zealand Scholarships for study in 2020 have now closed.


Australian Grants

Direct Aid Program (DAP)

The 2018-19 application round is now closed.

DAP is a competitive 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 next application round will be advertised next year.


Visas and Immigration

The Department of Home Affairs 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 Australian 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 AVAC 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 AVAC have no involvement in the decision-making process or any knowledge of the application outcome. Applications lodged through the AVAC 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


Public Holidays Observed in 2019

  • Tuesday 1 January                    New Year's Day
  • Friday  8 March                           Women's Day                           
  • Friday 19 April                             Good Friday
  • Monday 22 April                          Easter Monday
  • Thursday 11 July                        In Honour of Kiribati National Day
  • Friday 12 July                              Kiribati National Day
  • Friday 4 October                        Education Day
  • Monday 23 December             Additional DFAT Holiday
  • Tuesday 24 December            Additional DFAT Holiday
  • Wednesday 25 December       Christmas Day
  • Thursday 26 December          Boxing Day
  • Friday 27 December                 Additional DFAT Holiday
  • Monday 30 December             Additional DFAT Holiday
  • Tuesday 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

Phone us on: (+686) 740 21184

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