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.

Contact information

Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 349
00186 Rome
Italy

Tel: +39 06 686261
Fax: +39 06 68626111
Email: holysee.embassy@dfat.gov.au

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: consular-rome@dfat.gov.au

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).

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:

2019

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

2020

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

Vacancies

The Australian Embassy to the Holy See currently has no vacancies.

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