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, please contact us.

Head of Mission


There are currently no vacancies, however please follow closely as a Communications position will soon be advertised.

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.

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 Direct Aid Program (DAP) for 2014/15 is now open and applications are invited for projects to benefit the main target groups - Women / Children / Disabled - especially where these groups are impacted by an emergency.

Preferred Project Regions are outer islands and non-urban areas.

Target Development Sectors are:
• Health - community water, sanitation, NCD prevention, environment protection.
• Education - especially pre-school / primary levels
• Gender - equity, female and child safety, equity
• Poverty - vocational skills and sustainable income generation.

Application forms and information packs are available from the Australian High Commission, Bairiki or can be downloaded from DAP enquiries can be emailed to Applications close 30 September 2014.

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. Applications for 2014 are now closed. It is anticipated that the next call for applications will occur in April 2015.


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

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.

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Ring us on 21184

Office hours are 8.30am to 5.00 weekdays, excluding public holidays.

Public Holidays Observed - 2014



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