Australian High Commission

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.

Our Head of Mission is H.E. Mr. David Yardley. See Media Release of appointment on 19 March 2021.

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.

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 Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) for 2022/23 is now open for applications.

Application forms can be accessed through the link: Alternatively, e-copies or hard copies can be shared upon request. Australia’s Official Development Assistance to Kiribati is estimated to exceed $43 million for 2022-23 – and DAP is a small but special part of this support.

For more information on DAP, enquire by email to [email protected] or call 74021184 during working hours.

DAP 2022/23 will close 4pm Tuesday 13th December 2022. 

Follow the Australian High Commission Facebook page for updates on DAP and other activities of the Australian High Commission in Tarawa at: @australiainkiribati

Medibank Private/ahm and other recent data breaches – advice for foreign passport holders

22 November 2022

Medibank Private/ahm have advised the Australian Passport Office (APO) that no Australian Travel Document information was compromised in this breach.

Foreign passports for international students were compromised through this cyberattack. Medibank Private/ahm are contacting impacted customers directly.

If Medibank Private/ahm have advised you that your foreign passport information was compromised, you should contact the government that issued the passport for advice on what to do. This is also the case for all data breaches that impact foreign passport holders, including the recent breaches at Optus and Medlab.

More information:

Medibank/ahm impacted customers:

Optus impacted customers:

  • Contact Optus customer service directly on 133 937 (within Australia), or +612 8082 5678 (International), or go to their Passport Information(link is external) webpage.
  • Go to our Frequently Asked Questions on the Optus data breach and passport information
  • See the Australian Cyber Security Centre's Optus data breach(link is external) alert.

Medlab impacted customers:

Contact Medlab customer service directly on +61 1800 433 980, or go to their data breach web page(link is external).

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]

Visas and immigration

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.

Visa services

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.

Contact us

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

Selected regional initiatives operating in Kiribati with Australia's support

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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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
  • Thursday 22 September, National Day of Mourning to observe Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
  • Wednesday 5 October, World Teachers Day
  • Monday 26 December,Boxing Day
  • Tuesday 27 December,  Christmas Day (In Lieu)
  • Wednesday 28 December, Additional Public Holiday
  • Thursday 29 December, Additional Public Holiday
  • Friday 30 December, Additional Public 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.

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