About the Australian Embassy to the Holy See
Head of Mission
Chiara Porro is a career diplomat who joined Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in 2009. She has held a range of positions in Canberra, including most recently as Director, Ministerial and Executive Liaison Section, Executive Branch. She was seconded as an Adviser to the International Division of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (2016-17), and has worked in DFAT’s Budget Branch (2015-16) and Africa Branch (2014).
Overseas, Ms Porro has served as Deputy Consul-General in Noumea, New Caledonia (2018-2020), on a short term mission to West Africa (2016), and as Second Secretary in New Delhi, India (2011-2014).
Ms Porro holds a Master of International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of York, United Kingdom. She speaks Italian and French.
Ms Porro assumed her position on 27 July 2020 and is expected to present credentials to His Holiness Pope Francis on 27 August 2020.
Ms Porro is married and has two children.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 349
Tel: +39 06 686261
Fax: +39 06 68626111
Email: [email protected]
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 protected]
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:
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
Friday 1 January - New Year's Day
Tuesday 26 January - Australia Day
Friday 12 March - in lieu of the Holy See National Day
Friday 2 April – Good Friday
Monday 5 April – Easter Monday
Wednesday 2 June – Italian National Day (local holiday)
Tuesday 29 June - Feast Day of St Peter & St Paul (local holiday)
Monday 4 October – Australian Labour Day (ACT)
Monday 1 November - All Saints Day (local holiday)
Monday 27 December - in lieu of Christmas Day
Tuesday 28 December - in lieu of Boxing Day
Wednesday 29 December
Thursday 30 December
Friday 31 December - New Year's Eve
The Australian Embassy to the Holy See currently has no vacancies.
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