About the Australian Embassy to the Holy See
Head of Mission
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
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.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 349
Tel: +39 06 686261
Fax: +39 06 68626111
The Australian Embassy to the Holy See does not provide consular or visa services.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visas and Citizenship
The Embassy is unable to provide responses regarding visa, citizenship or customs enquiries. You will need visit the Department of Home Affairs’ website at www.homeaffairs.gov.au or call the Home Affairs’ Global Service Centre number on +61 2 6196 0196, open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (local Italian time).
The Embassy is open from 8:30am to 5:00pm Mondays to Fridays except for 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
Wednesday 25 April - between 8.30-1.00pm Embassy closed for ANZAC Day Commemorative event
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
Tuesday 1 January - New Year's Day
Wednesday 13 March - Holy See National Day
Friday 19 April – Good Friday
Monday 22 April – Easter Monday
Thursday 25 April - between 8.30-1.00pm Embassy closed for ANZAC Day Commemorative event
Wednesday 1 May – Italian Labour Day (local holiday)
Thursday 15 August – Feast of the Assumption “Ferragosto” (local holiday)
Friday 1 November – All Saints Day (local holiday)
Monday 23 December
Tuesday 24 December - Christmas Eve
Wednesday 25 December – Christmas Day
Thursday 26 December – Boxing Day / Feast of St Stephen
Friday 27 December
Monday 30 December
Tuesday 31 December - New Year's Eve
There are currently no vacancies