Welcome 2018. Changes to DFAT Apostille and Authentication Fees.

DFAT Fee changes

From 1 January 2018, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) have increased the fees for the apostille and authentication of documents. Previously all documents that were stamped with an apostille or authenticated by DFAT were $80 each. The new pricing applies to all documents lodged after 1 January 2018.





No change to our fees

As a leading provider of notary public services, we regularly assist our clients with notarising their documents in order for those notarised documents to be stamped with an apostille or authenticated by DFAT. If requested, we also assist our clients with arranging for the apostille or authentication.

Despite the increase in DFAT fees for the apostille and authentication of documents, our fees have not changed for 2018 and remain the same as they were in 2017 – which is fantastic news for our new and returning clients.

Other developments

Over the recent months, there have also been a number of other developments in the way that we process documents. One example is in the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) check that we perform and have bee notarising for our clients who need to send proof of their visa entitlement in Australia to another country. In the past, the information available to us from VEVO has been limited to the passport number and visa type.

Fortunately, VEVO has updated its report to now show more information such as the visa holder’s name and more information about the visa (including relevant dates). This means that the search results that we obtain and the certificate that we can provide will be more detailed, and hopefully provide the necessary information or proof required by other countries.

On a side note, the foreign office of some countries will still not permit us to acknowledge or recognise their foreign passport in Australia (despite it being the form of identification generally used by foreign nationals who do not have any other form of photographic identification).

As more and more documentation becomes electronic, we expect the developments and the demands for this work will only grow and we continue to adapt and refine our services to meet those developments and the needs of our clients.

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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?

Visit our Notary Fees page for a free quote for our notary public services or just 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 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. With our offices 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.

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