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About the Australian Embassy in Israel 

Ambassador Dave Sharma

Dave Sharma was appointed Australia’s Ambassador to Israel in June 2013. Dave holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from the University of Cambridge (with First Class Honours) and a Master’s Degree from Deakin University. He is married to Rachel (a lawyer by training) and they have three daughters, Diana (aged nine), Estella (seven) and Daphne (two). Dave grew up in Sydney, Australia. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, Dave worked in several senior roles within Government

As a senior official within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2010 to 2012, Dave headed the International Division, advising the Prime Minister on managing Australia’s foreign relations and accompanying the Prime Minister on overseas travel and meetings with foreign leaders, including G20 summits and the East Asia Summit. He was closely involved in the policy outcomes from President Obama’s visit to Australia in November 2011 and Australia’s successful chairing of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth in October 2011. He also served as Australia’s G20 sous-sherpa.  From 2006 to 2009 Dave served overseas at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. From 2004 to 2006 he worked in Parliament as the legal adviser to the Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer. Dave has also served overseas at the Australian High Commission in Papua New Guinea and as a senior civilian attached to the Australian-led peace monitoring force in Bougainville.

Dave’s interests include most sports, politics, travel and – passions both developed in Israel – high-tech and ancient history.

Dave is passionate about the potential to grow the high-tech relationship between Australia and Israel, and has cultivated and strengthened these links during his time as Ambassador. Dave recently spearheaded the opening of the Landing Pad in Tel Aviv, a one-stop entry portal to help those in the Australian innovation community access the Israeli high-tech ecosystem.


Contact information


Discount Bank Tower  (28th Floor)

23 Yehuda Halevi St   (Corner Herzl St)                       

Tel Aviv 65136

Postal address: PO Box 29108 Tel Aviv 61290

Tel:  +972 3 6935000

Fax: +972 3 6935002


Opening hours

Mon -Thurs: 08:00 -12:30 and 13:00 -16:30 

Fri: 08:00 to 13:00 

Visa Section

Email for visa, immigration and citizenship matters:

All Visa and Immigration enquiries via appointment only: Please refer to the Visa and Migration section of this website. 




Public Holidays 2017 -  The Embassy will be closed on:


  • 02 Jan              Monday - New Year's Day (in lieu)                                

  • 26 Jan              Thursday - Australia Day                                                

  • 11 April           Tuesday – First Day of Pessach                                      

  • 14 April           Friday - Good Friday                                                      

  • 17 April           Monday - Easter Monday/last day of Pessach                

  • 02 May            Tuesday - Independence Day (Yom Atzmaout)             

  • 31 May            Wednesday – Shavuot                                                     

  • 21 Sep             Thursday - 1st Day of Rosh Hashana                              

  • 22 Sep             Friday - 2nd Day of Rosh Hashana                                 

  • 05 Oct             Thursday – Succot                                                           

  • 12 Oct             Thursday - Feast of Tabernacles (Succot)                       

  • 25 Dec            Monday – Christmas Day                                                

  • 26 Dec            Tuesday – Boxing Day                                                    

  • 27 Dec            Wednesday - Additional DFAT Holiday