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
Email for visa, immigration and citizenship matters: [email protected]
All Visa and Immigration enquiries via appointment only: Please refer to the Visa and Migration section of this website.
Public Holidays 2020 - The Embassy will be closed on:
Friday 29 May Shavout (Pentecost)
Monday 1 June Reconciliation Day
Monday 21 September Rosh Hashana (in Lieu)
Monday 28 September Yom Kippur
Friday 25 December Christmas Day
Monday 28 December Boxing Day (in lieu)
Tuesday 29 December Additional DFAT holiday