Australian High Commission
High Commission address: Bairiki, Tarawa - Telephone: 21 184 - Fax: 21 904

Australian High Commission in Kiribati

Welcome to the Australian High Commission, Tarawa website. Our Head of Mission is Mr George Fraser.

If you wish to seek information about various services we provide, you may click on the links on this page. If you wish to email or make a general inquiry, please contact us.


There are currently no vacancies at the High Commission.

Australian Government Scholarships (Australia Awards)

The Australia Awards are Australian government scholarships open to citizens of other countries to gain a degree or post-graduate qualification in Australia. The Australia Award Pacific Scholarships are for tertiary study at regional institutions.

The next round of scholarship applications for Kiribati will open on 2 March 2015 and close at 4pm 23 March 2015.

In 2015, the selection of the Australian and New Zealand scholarships will be jointly managed by the Australian and New Zealand Governments. Australia and New Zealand will be working in partnership and have a single selection process, and applications for both Australian and New Zealand scholarships can be made on a single application form.

More information about the application process and the application forms will be available from 2 March from this website or from the New Zealand High Commission Office in Bairiki, Tarawa.

Climate Change Report

The Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning (PACCSAP) Program has released Climate Variability, Extremes and Change in the Western Tropical Pacific: New Science and Updated Country Reports 2014 which includes a specific chapter for Kiribati. The report, jointly authored by Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO, provides the latest scientific understanding of large-scale climate processes, observations, variability and extremes in the western tropical Pacific through complex model projections. This latest climate science is consistent with the 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group findings. Additional information is available on the Pacific Climate Change Science website.

Under its aid policy, Australia continues to address climate change impacts in Kiribati through bilateral and regional aid programs. Actions will build resilience and address key issues highlighted in the PACCSAP report. For more information on Australian Aid, please visit Australia’s Aid Program to Kiribati website.

Sea Levels and Tide Calendar

The Australian-funded Climate and Ocean Support Services Program to the Pacific (COSPPac) has assisted the Government of Kiribati to develop a real time tide display available through the Kiribati Meteorological Services website. This displays the sea level and wind speed data from the local tide gauges in real time, thus enhancing planning for tidal and storm events. The tide gauges were installed with support from Australian Aid and are used primarily to derive the annual tidal calendar.

Regional Kiribati Poverty Assessment

The Kiribati poverty assessment, developed in 2013, outlines the nature and causes of poverty in Kiribati. It was developed by drawing on a range of sources, including key informant interviews and focus group discussions. The report was drafted with a view to better informing the Australian High Commission staff about how to strengthen the poverty focus of our aid investments. The analysis may be of use to the Government of Kiribati, development partners and academic researchers.

Australian Aid Program YouTube Channel

The Department of Foreign Affairs has produced a short, five minute video which introduces Hon Julia Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Hon. Andrew Robb, Minister for Trade and Investment outlining the Government’s foreign and trade policy agenda and priorities.

Australian Grants

Direct Aid Program (DAP)

The DAP is a small discretionary grants scheme administered by the Australian High Commission. Attention is given to projects providing direct benefits to those most in need in the local community, including vulnerable or disadvantaged groups, children and youth. Applications for 2014 are now closed. Applications are expected to open in August 2015.

Visas and Immigration

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection 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 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 VAC is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. For general visa enquiries, please email or call the VAC on 29264/ 29265. For more information, including forms and checklists, please visit the official TT Services website at

Staff at the VAC have no involvement in the decision-making process or any knowledge of the application outcome. Applications lodged through the VAC 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.

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