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 2023 -  The Embassy will be closed on:


  • Monday                  2 January             New Year's Day (in Lieu)
  • Thursday                6   April                 First Day Passover
  • Friday                     7   April                 Good Friday
  • Monday                 10   April                Easter Monday
  • Wednesday           12   April                Last day Passover
  • Wednesday           26   April                Independence Day
  • Friday                    26   May                Shavu'ot
  • Monday                 12   June               Birthday of the Sovereign
  • Monday                 25   September     Yom Kippur
  • Monday                 25   December      Christmas Day
  • Tuesday                26   December      Boxing Day
  • Wednesday           27   December      Additional DFAT Public Holiday
  • Thursday               28   December      Additional DFAT Public Holiday
  • Friday                    29    December     Additional DFAT Public Holiday