Operation Beech

A small number of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel are deployed to the Middle East Region as part of Operation Beech.

This is a precautionary measure to support whole-of-Australian Government contingency planning and delivery of support to Australian citizens and approved foreign nationals, in the region, if required.

The ADF contingent provides the Australian Government the additional capabilities to assist Australian citizens and approved foreign nationals should the security situation deteriorate.

More than 800 Australians have been airlifted from Israel since the first Australian Government-assisted departure flight on 13 October 2023.

Australians in the region who are seeking Australian Government support should register via Defence of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Portal or by calling the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 (from overseas) or 1300 555 135 (from within Australia).

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will continue to provide updates to registered Australians.