About the Australian Embassy in Israel
Ambassador Paul Griffiths
Ambassador Paul Griffiths commenced as Australian Ambassador to Israel in September 2020. Mr Griffiths is a senior career officer of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). He has most recently worked in the private sector for US tech firm Palantir Technologies in London. Prior to that, from 2016-2019, he was Minister-Counsellor and head of the Political Branch at the Australian Embassy Washington.
Mr Griffiths has also worked overseas as head of the Political team in Jakarta (Australia’s largest embassy; 2009-2012), and in trade and economic positions in Manila (2002-2005) and Seoul (1996-1999).
In Canberra, Mr Griffiths’s other senior roles at DFAT have included head of Budget Branch and head of Secretariat of the Functional and Efficiency Review, and a number of South-East Asia policy roles, in particular Indonesia political and trade positions. He was the head of the Multilateral Development Branch at AusAID where he managed Australia’s commitments to multilateral development banks and UN organisations, and was Senior Advisor to the G20 and APEC Secretariat at The Treasury.
Mr Griffiths holds a Bachelor of Arts/Law from the University of Tasmania, a Masters in International Trade and Finance from Deakin University, and has completed executive leadership courses, including at Harvard University. He has achieved professional competency in Indonesian and Korean.
Mr Griffiths is keen to further build the Australia-Israel bilateral relationship during his term in Israel. He sees great scope to do more to link Australia to Israel's world-class start-up ecosystem – including through the Australian Government's Landing Pad, located in Tel Aviv's SOSA innovation hub.
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]
Mon -Thurs: 08:00 -12:30 and 13:00 -16:30
Fri: 08:00 to 13:00
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 2022 - The Embassy will be closed on:
Friday 15 April Good Friday
Monday 18 April Easter Monday
Friday 22 April Second day of Passover
Thursday 5 May Independence Day
Monday 26 September 1st Day of Rosh Hashana
Tuesday 27 September 2nd Day of Rosh Hashana
Wednesday 5 October Yom Kippur
Monday 10 October Succot
Monday 17 October Succot (Last Day)
Monday 26 December Boxing Day
Tuesday 27 December Christmas Day (in lieu)
Wednesday 28 December Additional DFAT Holiday
Thursday 29 December Additional DFAT holiday
Friday 30 December Additional DFAT holiday