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?

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?

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Ern Phang, Notary Public


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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.

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.

Posted: 2017-03-06 11:00:25 / Last edited: 2017-10-02 18:14:10