Australian High Commission
Honiara
Solomon Islands

Australia Awards scholarships

Applications for Australia Awards scholarships for study in 2023 closed on 29 April 2022. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted in July via the email address provided in their application.

Scholarship opportunities through the Australia Awards are available for Solomon Islanders to study in Australia. The next application round for Australia Awards scholarships will open in early 2023.

Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships offered by the Australian Government to the next generation of global leaders. By investing in the future, through study, research, and professional development opportunities in Australia, awardees develop the skills and knowledge to drive change and help build enduring people-to-people links with Australia.

Australia has a reputation for academic excellence and is one of the best places in the world to live while studying. Visit Study Australia to learn more about the education opportunities Australia has to offer.

Applicants are assessed on their professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, their potential to contribute and have a positive impact on development challenges in Solomon Islands.

Applications are strongly encouraged from women, people with disability, and other marginalised groups.

More information on Australia Awards:

COVID-19 and travel to Australia

Latest travel advice

Please go to our Smartraveller bulletin for the latest information and updates on travel advice.

For urgent consular assistance contact:

  • +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas
  • 1300 555 135 from within Australia
  • +61 421 269 080 from SMS

For non-urgent inquiries, email [email protected].

International and domestic transit requirements in Australia

Who can travel to Australia?

Australian citizens, permanent residents, immediate family members of an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or New Zealand citizens usually resident in Australia may enter Australia.

All other travellers wishing to transit through Australia may require up to three approvals (including onward flights out of Australia) prior to travelling:

1. A visa to enter Australia (Department of Home Affairs)

2. An exemption to Australia’s border measures (Australian Border Force)

3. An exemption from the state or territory’s quarantine requirements (State Health Departments)

Travel and transit restrictions are outlined on the Department of Home Affairs website:

Travellers should book and pay (refundable) for all flights and before submitting these applications. Travellers cannot apply for approvals before a full itinerary is purchased.

Australian Visa Requirements

To transit through Australia, a traveller must either hold a valid visa or be from an eligible country to Transit Without a Visa (TWOV). If a traveller doesn’t have a visa, or is not eligible to TWOV that allows lawful entry into Australia, the traveller can apply for a Transit visa (subclass 771) which allows the traveller to transit through Australia for up to 72 hours while they wait for their onward flight. More information: Transit visas.

New Zealanders or Pacific Islanders Transiting Australia

New Zealanders, citizens of Pacific Island Forum countries, Timor Leste citizens or residents of New Caledonia or French Polynesia transiting through Australia on their way to New Zealand or a Pacific Island Forum Country do not need a transit exemption if they have booked a connecting flight to depart Australia within 72 hours of their arriving flight.

Due to domestic travel restrictions, a traveller’s outbound connecting flight must be departing from the same airport in Australia as their arrival flight, unless an exemption has been granted. If a traveller’s connecting flight means the traveller will spend longer than 72 hours in Australia, they will not be considered to be transiting Australia and they will need to apply online to the Commissioner of the Australian Border Force (ABF) for an exemption from the travel restrictions.

Exemptions to Australia’s Border Measures

Foreign nationals transiting through Australia to another country don’t need to apply for an exemption to travel restrictions if they are booked on a connecting flight from the same airport and they are not going to leave the airport. If a traveller does plan to leave the airport before boarding their connecting flight, they will need to apply to the Commissioner of the ABF for a travel exemption.

Online exemption request form.

State and Territory Quarantine Requirements

If a traveller cannot remain in the airport before their connecting flight departs, they must follow the quarantine and isolation requirements in the state or territory they have arrived in. Travellers must do this, even if they have an exemption from the ABF Commissioner.

State and territory authorities will consider exemptions to the mandatory 14 day quarantine period on a case by case basis.

Department of health advice on Travel restriction exemption for travellers to and from Australia.

Queensland Government Advice

From 1 July 2020, anyone arriving into Queensland from overseas will need to pay for quarantine. Further information on this arrangement: Quarantine — coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you are leaving quarantine to get another flight you will need to complete the Queensland health exemption to leave quarantine. More information: Chief Health Officer public health directions.

More Queensland Government Advice: Travelling to Queensland - coronavirus (COVID-19)

Other states and territories

The latest specific information for other state and territories can be found below:

Latest travel advice 

Please go to our Smartraveller bulletin for the latest information and updates on travel advice. 

For urgent consular assistance contact:

  • +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas
  • 1300 555 135 from within Australia
  • +61 421 269 080 from SMS

For non-urgent inquiries, email [email protected]

Smartraveller.gov.au: Coronavirus (COVID-19)