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 Bruce Cowled.
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.
We advertise all vacancies on this website. Vacancies may also be advertised in the press. To be considered for employment at the Australian High Commission in Tarawa you must be eligible to work in Kiribati either by virtue of Citizenship or appropriate work permit.
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]
Australian Government Scholarships (Australia Awards)
Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships and Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships for study in 2021 are now open.
Applications are now online and can be accessed at https://oasis.dfat.gov.au. Applications will close on 30 June 2020.
For other scholarship enquiries, please email [email protected].
For information on Australia Awards Scholarships available for I-Kiribati citizens please visit https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Pages/kiribati-information-for-intake.aspx.
Pacific Secondary School Scholarships Program
I-Kiribati students between 15 and 17 years of age are able to apply for this Australian Government financial award.
For information on eligibility and how to apply visit https://www.pacificsecondaryscholarships.com.au/
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 2019-20 funding round has now closed.
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 www.homeaffairs.gov.au.
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 [email protected] or call the VAC on 72029264/ 75229263. For more information, including forms and checklists, please visit the official TT Services website at www.ttsaustralia.com.
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
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 www.passports.gov.au/ 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 2020
- Wednesday 1 January New Year's Day
- Monday 9 March In honour of International Women's Day
- Friday 10 April Good Friday
- Monday 13 April Easter Monday
- Friday 10 July In honour of Kiribati National Day
- Monday 13 July In honour of Kiribati National Day
- Monday 5 October National Education Day
- Wednesday 23 December Additional DFAT Holiday
- Thursday 24 December Additional DFAT Holiday
- Friday 25 December Christmas Day
- Monday 28 December In honour of Boxing Day
- Tuesday 29 December Additional DFAT Holiday
- Wednesday 30 December Additional DFAT Holiday
- Thursday 31 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.