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The Australian Government is providing consular assistance to Australians in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and supporting registered Australians.

Australia is monitoring developments closely as the humanitarian situation in Gaza deteriorates. This information will be updated as required in line with the situation.

Travel advice, consular assistance and registration

Australians in Israel or the Occupied Palestinian Territories can register with the DFAT crisis registration portal. Australians already registered with DFAT do not need to register again.

Australians in need of emergency consular assistance or that require assistance with departure should contact the Australian Government's 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 (from overseas) or 1300 555 135 (from within Australia).

Check the Smartraveller website and social media channels for the latest advice and travel updates.

Humanitarian assistance

The humanitarian situation in Gaza is dire. More than 1.7 million people have been displaced, many several times over, and half of Gaza is experiencing catastrophic food insecurity with famine projected to occur imminently.

Australia continues to call for safe, unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access to and within Gaza for the delivery of lifesaving humanitarian assistance. Aid workers must be protected along with other civilians.

Australia has announced $52.5 million in humanitarian assistance for civilians affected by the conflict in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the region, with a focus on Gaza. Our support is providing lifesaving supplies and support services with a focus on women and children.

Australia's current funding includes:

  • $13 million through the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to provide food, water and medical care.
  • $13 million to provide essential support and services with a focus on women and children, to be delivered through UN agencies such as UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and UN Population Fund (UNFPA).
  • $3 million to respond to emerging humanitarian needs as a result of the conflict.
  • $11.5 million to refugee programs in Lebanon and Jordan at this time of increasing regional instability.
  • $4 million to UNICEF to provide urgent services, including for women and children.
  • $2 million to the new mechanism of the UN Senior Humanitarian and Reconstruction Coordinator for Gaza to facilitate expanded humanitarian access into Gaza.
  • $6 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
    • On 15 March, Australia announced it will lift its temporary pause on funding for UNRWA, following steps to strengthen the integrity of UNRWA operations
    • In disbursing the $6 million to UNRWA's flash appeal, Australia is finalising an updated funding agreement that will include stringent conditions such as guarantees of staff neutrality, and confidence in supply chains.

Australia announced an initial humanitarian support package on 14 October 2023, and additional packages of support on 26 October, 16 January 2024 and 15 March 2024.

Australia continues to monitor and assess the humanitarian situation and stands ready to provide further support.

Advice for people wanting to donate

The Australian Government is actively monitoring the humanitarian situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and consulting with humanitarian agencies and the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) as they assess funding requirements and implement response plans.

The Australian Government is providing funding through UN agencies, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which have strong procedures in place to manage risks and comply with counter-terrorism financing and Australian sanctions laws.

Donated goods may not meet the needs of the affected population and can be inappropriate for the climate and culture. Managing these donations can also cause challenges for relief authorities in Australia and in-country. For more information on how to donate responsibly, please visit: Donate Responsibly.

Additional information on risks of donating:

Australia has listed Hamas as a terrorist organisation and it is also a designated entity subject to counter-terrorism financing sanctions under the Australian sanctions law. It is a criminal offence to fund terrorist organisations, either directly or indirectly. It is also a criminal offence for a person to provide or collect funds where that person knows or is reckless to the fact that the funds will be used to facilitate or engage in a terrorist act.

Australians who remit money to a family member or friend in the Occupied Palestinian Territories may be committing an offence under the Criminal Code or sanctions law if:

  • the money is provided with the intention it be made available to Hamas (or another terrorist organisation or designated person or entity), or
  • they are aware there is substantial risk the money will be provided to Hamas (or another terrorist organisation or designated person or entity).

There is a risk that donated funds may be misused for the purpose of terrorism financing.

To mitigate against this risk, it is important that due diligence is conducted and proper processes are in place to ensure funds are protected from misuse, are being used towards their charitable purpose and the persons or entities they deal with are not designated under Australian sanctions law or the Criminal Code. Liability under these respective schemes is dependent on particular factual circumstances including the knowledge and intention of the person.

The Australian Government Listed Terrorist Organisations website and a Consolidated List of all designated persons and entities are available as tools to assist the public in undertaking their due diligence checks. We also recommend reviewing the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission website where it is possible to check if a charity is registered with ACNC as well as access useful information on donations more broadly.

The Australian Government's funding agreements with partners contain strict requirements designed to assist Australia in meeting its counter-terrorism financing, anti-money laundering, anti-fraud and anti-corruption obligations.

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