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.
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.
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.
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.
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.