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.
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.
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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?
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.
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.