DFAT – Authentication and Apostille Changes

Did you know about the latest changes at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)?

If you have not been to DFAT to have your documents stamped with an apostille or authentication within the last few months, then you should make a note of the recent changes to what you need to do and how much it costs to have your documents stamped with an apostille or authentication with DFAT.

  • From 2 November 2016, all requests for an apostille and authentication services from DFAT will be provided by appointment only. You can make an appointment by calling the Document Legalisation Information Service on 1300 935 260.The operator will ask you a series of questions about your document and the service that you require. You will be given an appointment time and confirmation details which you need to bring with you to the appointment. Documents are generally processed at the time or the day of your appointment. Previously, anyone who needed to have their documents stamped with an apostille or authentication would need to visit DFAT during their normal hours of 9am-1pm and stand in the queue, and they would process documents within 3 business days. Later, DFAT started experimenting with same day over-the-counter services, again collecting documents in the morning but having those documents ready to collect later in the afternoon.
  • From 1 January 2017, DFAT introduced a new ‘more simple’ schedule of fees for an apostille and authentication services. Documents are now charged at $80 per apostille or authentication.Previously, the cost of an apostille or authentication depended on how many single-sided documents needed to be stamped and whether the documents needed to be bound by DFAT. One single page documents for authentication was $20 for each document and $40 for each bound document. One single page documents for an apostille was $60 for each document and $80 for each bound document. Now, regardless of the number of pages or whether you require the document to be bound, DFAT will charge $80 for an apostille or authentication on each document.

Assisting you with obtaining an apostille or authentication

As a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney, aside from notarising your document, we can also assist you with arranging to have your document stamped with an apostille or an authentication – if you need assistance. Forget the hassle and stress of making an appointment and going to DFAT yourself when we can help you.

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Do you have any questions regarding this article?

Whether you're notarising a document for the first time or the hundreth time, the requirements, processes, and terms can be confusing and daunting - or just a pain and a hassle (especially if you need an apostille, or to authenticate or legalise as well). Don't worry! We're here to simplify it, explain it, and help you with what you need to achieve it.

Contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about our notary public services. We've also created a flowchart to help explain notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.

So, what's next?

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Ern Phang, Notary Public
Ern Phang
Notary Public

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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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