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Australian notary public services

If you’re currently in another country (ie, outside of Australia) and you need to use documents that have been issued in Australia (ie, government documents or personal certificates, education records and qualifications, or work and employment documents), it’s likely that those documents must be attested, certified or notarised by a notary public in Australia before they’ll be accepted overseas in another country.

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What kind of documents can we attest?

Examples of Australian documents that you may need to have attested, certified or notarised by a notary public in Australia include:

  • Personal certificates from the Australian government, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates.
  • Legal certificates issued by Australian courts, such as divorce certificates, court orders.
  • Identification documents used in Australia, such as Australian passports, Australian drivers licence, Medicare card.
  • Criminal history checks, issued by state or federal agencies.
  • Credit checks, with financial history or records.
  • Education records and qualifications from an Australian school, college, or university, such as school reports and certificates, college and university certificates, transcripts and degrees, enrolment records
  • Employment records, such as confirmation of employment, employment contracts, salary, and payslips, or a record of experience and expertise.
  • Business or company information, such as certificates of registration or incorporation, company searches, and extracts.
  • Medical records, reports, certificates, and prescriptions issued by an Australian doctor, medical centre, or hospital.
  • Bank statements or financial records issued by Australian financial institutions.
  • Utility bills issued by a utility provider in Australia (often used as a proof of address).

Some documents must be provided to us as original hard copy documents while others documents can be sent to us by email as long as they come from whoever issued the documents or the documents can otherwise be verified with them.

Apostille or Authentication

In addition to attesting or notarisation and depending on the intended destination country, sometimes those notarised documents may also need to be stamped with an apostille or authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and legalised by the foreign office, consulate or embassy of the intended destination country.

DFAT can stamp public documents (ie, original Australian government documents) or private documents which have been notarised. Copies of public documents must also be notarised before they can be stamped by DFAT.

For more information or to obtain a quote, please provide the following information.

Document Legalisation Process in Australia (including apostille)

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Which countries are members of the Apostille Convention?

Countries that are members of the Apostille Convention in alphabetical are as follows (updated 31 August 2021):

    • Albania
    • Andorra
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Argentina
    • Armenia
    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Azerbaijan
    • Bahamas
    • Bahrain
    • Barbados
    • Belarus
    • Belgium
    • Belize
    • Bolivia
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Botswana
    • Brazil
    • Brunei Darussalam
    • Bulgaria
    • Burundi
    • Cabo Verde
    • Chile
    • China, People's Republic of
    • Colombia
    • Cook Islands
    • Costa Rica
    • Croatia
    • Cyprus
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • Dominica
    • Dominican Republic
    • Ecuador
    • El Salvador
    • Estonia
    • Eswatini
    • Fiji
    • Finland
    • France
    • Georgia
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Grenada
    • Guatemala
    • Guyana
    • Honduras
    • Hungary
    • Iceland
    • India
    • Ireland
    • Israel
    • Italy
    • Jamaica
    • Japan
    • Kazakhstan
    • Korea, Republic of
    • Kosovo
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Latvia
    • Lesotho
    • Liberia
    • Liechtenstein
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Malawi
    • Malta
    • Marshall Islands
    • Mauritius
    • Mexico
    • Monaco
    • Mongolia
    • Montenegro
    • Morocco
    • Namibia
    • Netherlands
    • New Zealand
    • Nicaragua
    • Niue
    • Norway
    • Oman
    • Palau
    • Panama
    • Paraguay
    • Peru
    • Philippines
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Republic of Moldova
    • Republic of North Macedonia
    • Romania
    • Russian Federation
    • Saint Kitts and Nevis
    • Saint Lucia
    • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Samoa
    • San Marino
    • Sao Tome and Principe
    • Serbia
    • Seychelles
    • Singapore
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    • South Africa
    • Spain
    • Suriname
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • Tajikistan
    • Tonga
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Tunisia
    • Turkey
    • Ukraine
    • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    • United States of America
    • Uruguay
    • Uzbekistan
    • Vanuatu
    • Venezuela
    • Albania
    • Andorra
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Argentina
    • Armenia
    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Azerbaijan
    • Bahamas
    • Bahrain
    • Barbados
    • Belarus
    • Belgium
    • Belize
    • Bolivia
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Botswana
    • Brazil
    • Brunei Darussalam
    • Bulgaria
    • Burundi
    • Cabo Verde
    • Chile
    • China, People's Republic of
    • Colombia
    • Cook Islands
    • Costa Rica
    • Croatia
    • Cyprus
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • Dominica
    • Dominican Republic
    • Ecuador
    • El Salvador
    • Estonia
    • Eswatini
    • Fiji
    • Finland
    • France
    • Georgia
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Grenada
    • Guatemala
    • Guyana
    • Honduras
    • Hungary
    • Iceland
    • India
    • Ireland
    • Israel
    • Italy
    • Jamaica
    • Japan
    • Kazakhstan
    • Korea, Republic of
    • Kosovo
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Latvia
    • Lesotho
    • Liberia
    • Liechtenstein
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Malawi
    • Malta
    • Marshall Islands
    • Mauritius
    • Mexico
    • Moldova, Republic of
    • Monaco
    • Mongolia
    • Montenegro
    • Morocco
    • Namibia
    • Netherlands
    • New Zealand
    • Nicaragua
    • Niue
    • North Macedonia, Republic of
    • Norway
    • Oman
    • Palau
    • Panama
    • Paraguay
    • Peru
    • Philippines
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • No countries as at 31 August 2021
    • Republic of Moldova
    • Republic of North Macedonia
    • Romania
    • Russian Federation
    • Saint Kitts and Nevis
    • Saint Lucia
    • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Samoa
    • San Marino
    • Sao Tome and Principe
    • Serbia
    • Seychelles
    • Singapore
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    • South Africa
    • Spain
    • Suriname
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • Tajikistan
    • Tonga
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Tunisia
    • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
    • Vanuatu
    • Venezuela
    • No countries as at 31 August 2021
    • No countries as at 31 August 2021
    • No countries as at 31 August 2021
    • No countries as at 31 August 2021
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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.

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    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.
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