Australian Embassy
Holy See
Holy See

About us

About the Australian Embassy to the Holy See

Head of Mission

Melissa Hitchman

Australia's Ambassador to the Holy See is HE Ms Melissa Hitchman,  an experienced career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  She has previously served overseas as First Secretary at the Australian High Commission in London.

In Canberra, Ambassador Hitchman has served as Director, Regional and National Security Section; Director, Intelligence Review; and Director, International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament Secretariat; and most recently, Deputy Chief of Protocol.  Ambassador Hitchman was also an Adviser, International Division, in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Ambassador Hitchman holds a Master of National Security and a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the Australian National University.

Ambassador Hitchman commenced in her position on 18 July 2016 and presented credentials to His Holiness Pope Francis on 8 September 2016.

Deputy Head of Mission

Alison Edye

Ms Edye is an experienced officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  She has served overseas as Second Secretary at the Australian High Commission in Nigeria and Kiribati.  In Canberra, Ms Edye has worked on nuclear policy, financial policy and the India desk.  

Ms Edye holds a Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Affairs from the Australian National University, an International MBA from Sydney University and a Bachelor of Commerce from James Cook University.  She has studied Italian, French and Japanese. 

Ms Edye took up the position of Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy to the Holy See on 10 October 2016. 

Contact information

Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 349
00186 Rome

Tel: +39 06 686261
Fax: +39 06 68626111

Important Information

The Australian Embassy to the Holy See does not provide consular or visa services.

Consular information

If you require assistance for consular matters please consult the website of the Australian Embassy to Italy or make your inquiries by email:

Assistance to Australians, renewal or first issue of Australian passports/notarial services:

Visas and Citizenship

Please contact the Europe Service Centre in London:

  • Tel. +44 (0) 207 420 3690 (service available in English from 1pm to 5pm, Monday to Friday, international call charges apply) 

              Tel. +44 (0) 207 420 3698 (service available in Italian from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday, international call charges apply)


Opening hours

The Embassy is open from 8:30am to 5:00pm Mondays to Fridays except for public holidays.

Public holidays

The Embassy will be closed on:


Monday 1 January - New Year's Day
Monday 29 January - in lieu of Australia Day
Friday 30 March – Good Friday
Monday 2 April – Easter Monday
Tuesday 1 May – Italian Labour Day (local holiday)
Friday 29 June – Feast of St Peter & St Paul (local holiday)
Wednesday 15 August – Feast of the Assumption “Ferragosto” (local holiday)
Thursday 1 November – All Saints Day (local holiday)
Monday 24 December - Christmas Eve
Tuesday 25 December – Christmas Day
Wednesday 26 December – Boxing Day / Feast of St Stephen
Thursday 27 December
Friday 28 December
Monday 31 December - New Year's Eve


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