Australian Embassy

About us

About the Australian Embassy in Israel 

Ambassador Ralph King


Dr Ralph King is a senior career officer with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

He has previously served as Australian’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, with non-resident accreditation to Bahrain, Oman and Yemen (2015-18); Ambassador to Egypt (2012-14); and Ambassador to Kuwait (2004-2007). He has also had postings in Hanoi, Beirut and Damascus.

His most recent positions in Canberra were Assistant Secretary, COVID 19 Consular Crisis Response Branch (March-July 2020), and Assistant Secretary, Middle East Branch         (2018-20).

Before joining DFAT, Dr King was Senior Middle East Analyst in the Office of National Assessments. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, and an MPhil and a PhD in International Relations. He speaks Arabic, French and German, and is married with two children.


Contact information


Discount Bank Tower  (28th Floor)

23 Yehuda Halevi St   (Corner Herzl St)                       

Tel Aviv 6513601

Postal address: PO Box 29108 Tel Aviv 6129001

Tel:  +972 3 6935000. 

Email: [email protected]  

Opening hours

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

Fri: 08:00 to 13:00 

Visa Section

Telephone (for genuine emergencies only):  (03) 6935025

Inquiries/information:  Please refer to the visa/citizenship information on our website and the website of the Department of Home Affairs.  You may also contact our Global Service Centre in Australia on +61 2 61960196.

Email: [email protected]. When your email is received by our office, you will receive an autoreply.   Please read it carefully.   We will send a manual/human reply only where we believe it is appropriate to do so, such as genuine emergencies.  Usually within two work days.

Entry to the Visa, Immigration and Citizenship Section is by appointment only.   Appointments are given in exeptional circumstances.  In most cases we may be able to provide the requested information or assistance through our websites or by email if we believe it is apppropriate to do so.   


Public Holidays 2024 -  The Embassy will be closed on:


Monday                 01  January           New Year's Day 

Tuesday                27 February           Israeli Mayoral and City Council Elections 

Friday                    29   March               Good Friday

Monday                 01   April                 Easter Monday

Tuesday                23   April                 First day Passover

Monday                 29   April                 Last day Passover

Tuesday                14   May                  Independence Day

Wednesday         12   June                 Shavu'ot

Thursday               03 October           First Day of Rosh Hashana

Friday                     04  October          Second Day Rosh Hashana

Wednesday          25  December     Christmas Day

Thursday              26  December     Boxing Day

Friday                     27  December     Additional DFAT Public Holiday

Monday                 30   December    Additional DFAT Public Holiday

Tuesday                31    December   Additional DFAT Public Holiday