South Africa – Property Transactions and Apostille


For people who buy or sell property in South Africa, having the documents for their transaction notarised in a common requirement. Generally this includes various documents ranging from transfers, declarations and the power of attorney. If these documents are signed in Australia then they must be notarised before they can be used in South Africa.

As a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney, we assist many people by notarising their documents for South Africa, especially documents required for their land and property dealings.

In addition to notarising their documents, we also assist them with arranging for their documents to be stamped with an apostille. Although all documents notarised in Australia must be stamped with an apostille before they will be legally recognised in South Africa, our clients are often advised by their legal representatives in South Africa as to which documents must be stamped with an apostille and which documents do not need to be stamped with an apostille.

While stamping every notarised document with an apostille should not invalidate the documents (since this is technically the correct protocol to follow when sending documents to South Africa), it would be an unnecessary additional cost if it is not required. On the other hand, notarised documents that must be stamped with an apostille are at risk of being rejected or invalid if they are not stamped with an apostille. Accordingly, before you notarise your documents or before you stamp those documents with an apostille, you should check the specific requirements with your legal representatives in South Africa will.

In Australia, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is authorised to issue the apostille on original Australian government document or notarised documents. Aside from notarising documents, we also assist many people with arranging for their notarised documents to be stamped with an apostille from DFAT.

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Do you have any questions regarding this article?

If you have never had to have a document notarised before, you may find our role as a notary public, the notary public services that we provide, and this whole process (especially authentication, legalisation and apostille) to be confusing and daunting. Do not worry! We are here to try to simplify it, make it easy for you to understand, and to guide you or assist you with achieving your desired goal.

Please contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information regarding this article or our notary public services.

Click here to see the flowchart that we created to help you understand the process regarding notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.

So, what next?

If you are now ready to proceed with having your document notarised, please visit our Notary Fees page for a FREE quote on our notary public services or just call us on 02 9687 8885 and speak to our friendly staff about your requirements.

Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?

We are a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney known for our low-cost fixed fee notary services, our availability to provide notary public services on short notice, and our focus on personal and timely notary public services. With our offices conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area, our notary public assists clients from across all suburbs of Sydney and beyond.

Ern Phang, Notary Public

Notary Public

This website is maintained by Phang Legal, an incorporated legal practice in Parramatta and a leading provider of notary public services to clients across Sydney. Extensive experience and low-cost fixed prices ensures quality services and satisfied clients.

Ern Phang is the solicitor director of Phang Legal and a notary public. Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the kinds of issues faced by his clients in sending documents overseas.

All information contained in this article is for general purposes only and correct as at the time of publication. You should only rely on information and advice that is specific to your situation and current at the time you wish to rely on it.