About the Australian Embassy to the Holy See
Head of Mission
Matthew Wise - Chargé d'Affaires a.i.
On 9 December 2019 the Australian Embassy to the Holy See bid farewell to HE Ambassador Melissa Hitchman at the conclusion of her mission to the Holy See and warmly welcomed Mr Matthew Wise as Chargé d’affaires ad interim. Mr Wise is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He was most recently Chargé d’affaires in Nigeria and Consul-General in Chicago, prior to which he served in the Foreign Minister’s Office. He has worked on North Asia, Southeast Asia, the Pacific and counter-terrorism and consular policy. Prior to joining the foreign service, Mr Wise worked at the Office of National Assessments and Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, primarily on intelligence and security issues. Mr Wise holds tertiary qualifications in Political Science, Law and Economics.
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: email@example.com
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 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
Wednesday 1 January - New Year's Day
Monday 27 January - in lieu of Australia Day
Friday 13 March - Holy See National Day
Friday 10 April – Good Friday
Monday 13 April – Easter Monday
Friday 1 May – Italian Labour Day (local holiday)
Monday 29 June - Feast Day of St Peter & St Paul (local holiday)
Monday 5 October – Australian Labour Day
Thursday 24 December - Christmas Eve
Friday 25 December – Christmas Day
Monday 28 December
Tuesday 29 December
Wednesday 30 December
Thursday 31 December - New Year's Eve
The Australian Embassy to the Holy See currently has no vacancies.
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