For example, birth certificate, death certificate, marriage certificate, police certificate
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Where will this document
be used?
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Is your document an original
Australian Government document
(public document)?
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Yes
Yes
No
No
Is the Intended Destination 
Country a member of the
 Apostille Convention*?
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Apostille
(DFAT)
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Authentication
(DFAT)
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Yes
Yes
No
No
Intended
Destination
Country
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Legalisation
(Consulate/Embassy)
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Notarisation
Notarisation
For example, witnessing signatures, certifying documents, and verifying information
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Justice of the Peace
Justice of the Peace
In Australia
In Australia
Overseas
Overseas
6/83 George Street, Parramatta NSW 2150 AU / Telephone: +61 2 9687 8885 / www.notary-parramatta.com.au
6/83 George Street, Parramatta NSW 2150 AU / Telephone: +61 2 9687 8885 / www.notary-parramatta.com.au
Notarisation, Apostille, Authentication and Legalisation in Australia
for documents used overseas
prepared by Ern Phang, notary public
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NOTE: This flowchat represents a simple explanation of the process. If you have any questions about this process, your document, or whether the intended destination country is a member of the Apostille Convention, please call us on +61 2 9687 8885.
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*Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents
https://www.hcch.net/en/instruments/conventions/specialised-sections/apostille
https://www.hcch.net/en/instruments/conventions/status-table/?cid=41
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This information is correct as at 1 July 2015.