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. 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 to the office, go to General Enquiry.

Head of Mission

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.

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 website.

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. The program usually opens in August for a month each year. The program is closed for 2013.

Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP)

The Australian Sports Outreach Program is managed by the Australian Sports Commission and the Department of Foreign Affairs. Grants are available each year to organisations within the Pacific to further sports development within the region. The program is now closed. 

Australian Government Scholarships (Australia Awards)

The Australia Awards have been established to provide extensive scholarship programs to citizens of other countries and to develop enduring ties between Australia and our neighbours.

In Kiribati, Australia conducts a joint selection process with New Zealand. Only one application form needs to be submitted to be considered for Australia Award Scholarships, New Zealand Pacific Scholarships, or Australia Award Pacific Scholarships.

Applications are now open for study commencing in 2015. Completed applications forms must be submitted to the New Zealand High Commission no later than 3pm on Wednesday 30 April 2014. Intending applicants should download both the application information and the application form. These are also available for collection from the New Zealand High Commission. Enquiries related to scholarship applications should be to the New Zealand High Commission in Bairiki (Telephone: +686 21400).


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.

Information for Australian Travellers

Email Enquiries

Passport related enquiries

Consular related enquiries for Australian citizens

All other enquiries


There are currently no employment vacancies at the High Commission.

Regional Jobs for Australia 

No Australian company associated with the Overseas Workers Scheme or any other working scheme, has 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.

Public Holidays Observed - 2014



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