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?

Sending documents from Australia to other countries can be complicated. We make it simple.

If your documents must be stamped with an apostille or authenticated and then legalised, we can help with that too. We've also created a flowchart to explain the process.

Not sure what you need? Contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

So, what's next?

Visit our Notary Fees page for a free quote for our notary public services. Otherwise, call us on +61 2 9687 8885 to speak with our friendly team about your requirements.

Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?

We're a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney. We're known for our experience and expertise in notarising documents for other countries, our low-cost fixed fees and service offering, and our availability to help on short notice.

Our office is conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area. We help clients from across Sydney and beyond with personal, professional and timely notary public services.

Ern Phang, Notary Public
Ern Phang
Notary Public

This website is maintained by Phang Legal, a boutique law firm in Parramatta and a leading provider of quality notary public services to satisfied clients across Sydney.

Ern Phang is a director of Phang Legal and a notary public (since 2005). Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the issues faced by his clients in sending documents to other countries.

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