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.

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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.

Please contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information regarding this article or our notary public services.

Click here to see the flowchart that we created to help you understand the process regarding notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.

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.

Ern Phang, Notary Public


Notary Public

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.

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.

Posted: 2015-07-01 09:00:29 / Last edited: 2018-10-17 17:45:18