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

Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships and Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships for study in 2022 are now open.

Applications are now online and can be accessed at . Applications will close on 30 April 2021.

For any scholarship enquiries, please email [email protected].

For information on Australia Awards Scholarships available for I-Kiribati citizens, please visit


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) 2020-21 funding round is now closed. 


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 [email protected] 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

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.