The cost of our apostille service
As a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney, we help clients obtain an apostille on original Australian government documents or documents that we’ve notarised. The cost of our apostille service is $150 (as of 1 January 2022).
What does our apostille service include?
Aside from arranging and looking after the process of obtaining the apostille for you, our apostille services include the apostille fee charged by DFAT. Our clients choose our apostille services for convenience, confidence and peace of mind knowing that we’re handling the process on their behalf.
Where else can you get an apostille from?
In Australia, the only competent authority empowered to issue an apostille according to the Apostille Convention is DFAT. Anyone else offering apostille services (like us) must also apply for the apostille through DFAT. A document or stamp titled ‘apostille’ not issued by DFAT isn’t a valid apostille from Australia.
How do you know if your apostille is valid?
An apostille issued by DFAT after 14 December 2015 can be verified on the DFAT website. If you have any doubts or suspicions about the apostille on your document, you should check its validity.
What is the cost of the apostille if you apply to DFAT directly?
The apostille fee charged by DFAT is $87 (as of 1 January 2022). You should consider the time and cost of visiting DFAT in person or mailing your document to DFAT.
Why is the apostille fee cheaper than the cost of our apostille service?
Our apostille service is not a free service. The cost of our apostille service includes the apostille fee paid to DFAT and a service fee for managing the whole process. Our apostille service is cheaper than other service providers.
Does our apostille service include notary public services?
Our apostille service is an addition to our notary public services, but they’re separate. An original Australian government document doesn’t require notary public services before it can be stamped with an apostille. A private document (ie, not original Australian government document) or a copy of an original Australian government document must be notarised before it can be stamped with an apostille. The cost of our notary public services is separate from our apostille service and if required, we can provide a quote for our notary public services.
How long does it take to get an apostille?
We usually estimate a 5-10 business days turnaround for our apostille service. The turnaround time is largely dependent on DFAT processing time. Practically, the turnaround times can also be longer around public holidays and holiday periods. You really need to plan ahead if you need an apostille on your documents, especially if you’re on a deadline.
Can we get an apostille faster?
It’s possible to get an apostille faster than our estimated turnaround time. However, as this process is not within our control, we can only provide our best estimate based on our experience. We’re unable to guarantee a turnaround time.
Can you get an apostille faster?
Maybe. You’ll need to make your own arrangements with DFAT. Some people claim they can get an apostille faster (ie, one-day turnaround), however, it’s highly unlikely. Since the apostille can only be issued by DFAT, it’s difficult to make this arrangement on short notice. You/they might get lucky once in a while, but it would be improbable to achieve this consistently.
What should you do if you need an apostille urgently?
If you need an apostille urgently, you should contact DFAT directly. Appointment times vary greatly and you should continue to check their website and appointment booking system for updates.
Can you pay more to get an apostille faster?
There’s no ‘urgency fee’ with applying for an apostille. The cost of our apostille service is the same and the cost of the apostille fee is the same.
Can you get an apostille from another country?
For original Australian government documents or documents notarised in Australia, an apostille must be issued by DFAT. DFAT includes Australian Embassies, High Commissions and Consulate (except Consulates headed by an Honorary Consul) or the Australian Passport Office in each capital city in Australia.
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.