Australian High Commission
Republic of Kenya

About us

About us


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Head of Mission  -  Ms Alison Chartres

Ms Chartres is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). She was most recently Assistant Secretary, Development Policy and Education Branch. Ms Chartres has served overseas as Counsellor, Australian Mission to the United Nations, New York; Deputy Development Coordinator, Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI); Adviser, Solomon Islands Peace Monitoring Council; and as Second Secretary, Australian High Commission, Port Moresby.


Countries of Accreditation

The Australian High Commission in Kenya is also accredited to Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda, as well as the East African Community (EAC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). It is also a friend of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).

Australia has an Honorary-Consul in Uganda.


Contact us

Australian High Commission, Nairobi

Street address:    Riverside Drive (400m off Chiromo Road), Nairobi

Postal address:    P.O. Box 39341-00623, Nairobi, Kenya

Email addresses:

Social media:

Telephone Numbers:

  • Switchboard:  (+254-20) 4277 100
  • Immigration and Visa Enquiries: Please use the online form listed under email addresses 

Fax Numbers:

  • Main High Commission:   (+254-20) 4277 139
  • Department of Home Affairs:  (+254-20) 4277 189

Working hours: 

  • Chancery:  7.45am to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday  and 7.45am to 12 noon on Friday
  • Visa, immigration and citizenship counter hours (by appointment only):   9 am to 11 am Monday to Friday  
  • Except for public holidays (see below).

Parking:   Please note that the Australian High Commission in Nairobi does not have visitor parking. The closest parking is at the Chiromo Funeral Parlour, 400m down the hill from the chancery.

Australian Consulate, Uganda

Patrick Bitature
Honourary Consul
Australian Consulate in Uganda

Street Address:   Australian Consulate Plot 22, Acacia Avenue, CNOOC Building, 3rd Floor, Left wing , Kampala, Uganda
(Next to Khana Khazana)

Postal Address:   P. O. Box 9421, Kampala, Uganda

Phone:   +256 393 515 865


Working hours:  Mondays to Fridays, 9.00 am to 12.30 p.m and 2.00 p.m to 5.00 p.m

Public Holidays

In 2018, the High Commission will be closed on:

  • Monday            01 January            New Year’s Day
  • Friday               26 January             Australia Day
  • Friday               30 March                 Good Friday
  • Monday           02 April                     Easter Monday
  • Wednesday   25 April                     Anzac Day
  • Tuesday          01 May                      Labour Day
  • Monday           28 May                      Reconciliation Day
  • Monday           01 October             Labour Day
  • Wednesday   12 December         Jamhuri Day
  • Tuesday          25 December        Christmas Day
  • Wednesday   26 December         Boxing Day
  • Thursday        27 December         Additional DFAT Holiday
  • Friday              28 December         Additional DFAT Holiday
  • Monday          31 December         Additional DFAT Holiday


Employment Opportunites

Locally Engaged Expatriate Team Leader and Visa Decision Maker

(extension to submission date)

The Department of Home Affairs brings together Australia's federal law enforcement, national and transport security, criminal justice, emergency management, multicultural affairs and immigration and border-related functions, working together to keep Australia safe

The Home Affairs Section of the Australian High Commission, Nairobi manages visa and citizenship applications from 22 countries in Africa and refugee applications for all of Sub-Saharan Africa.

We are recruiting for Expatriate Locally Engaged Designated Officers (LEDs) to fill Team Leader decision maker vacancies arising over the next 12 months. There is currently one part-time position (20 hours per week) to be filled on a 12 month contractual basis.

Position Description/Duties

As an employee and representative of the Australian Government the successful applicant will be required to demonstrate the highest level of personal integrity and uphold the values, the integrity and the good reputation of the Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Government.

Specific duties of the positions include:

  • Manage, assess and decide visa applications against legislative requirements, exercising sound judgement and reasoning.
  • Manage visa caseloads, including organising and monitoring workflows.
  • Anticipate and establish priorities, monitor progress and work to deliver required targets and instil these concepts in others.
  • Apply a good understanding of relevant legislation and policies to assist with fraud control and prevention methods on a complex caseload.
  • Provide strategic advice on the management of the relevant sub-programs of the visa office.
  • Undertake detailed written tasks, including the preparation of visa decision records and client correspondence.
  • Conduct interviews in relations to visa applications and integrity checking.
  • Conduct quality assurance activities, review assessments and draft decisions made by visa case officers and provide guidance on the interpretation of legislation and policy.
  • Lead and manage a team of locally engaged staff of diverse levels and backgrounds.
  • Mentor visa case officers in good decision making.
  • Deliver high levels of client service by phone, in writing, and in person.
  • Other portfolio work as directed.


These positions report to a Second Secretary (Immigration and Border Protection) who is an officer of the Australian Department of Home Affairs, posted to Kenya.



The position is only open to nationals of Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the USA and is subject to an appropriate security assessment. The successful applicant needs to be able to acquire an Australian Government Security Clearance. Applicants should indicate in their application whether or not they currently hold an Australian clearance.


Applicants must have a legal right to work in Kenya. The Australian High Commission cannot assist applicants to obtain visas or work permits for Kenya.



The position is at the LE5 level which attracts a commencement salary of KES 209,800.00 per month for full-time positions or a rate of KES 1,287.00 per hour for part-time positions.


How to Apply

Applications should be made by email to

Applications close on 24 March 2019 at 23:59 Eastern Africa Time.

As part of your application you will need to provide:

  • A one page statement of no more than 500 words telling us how your skills, experience and qualifications make you the best candidate for this opportunity.
  • A Curriculum Vitae of no more than three pages showing relevant experience.
  • Details of two referees.
  • Evidence that you have the right to work in Kenya.

The one page statement should explain why you are the right person for the job. Please outline why you want to work for the Australian High Commission in Nairobi, why you are interested in the role, what you can offer us, and how your skills, knowledge and experience are applicable to the role.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend the Australian High Commission for interview. Application feedback will only be provided to short-listed applicants who are unsuccessful at interview.

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.


Further Information

For further information about the role please contact