Notary Services Australia
In Australia, Notaries are senior legal practitioners who are qualified to authenticate, prepare, attest, verify, witness and certify original and copy documents for use in Australia and internationally.
You will need documents notarised if
An Apostille, or Apostille Certificate is an official government certificate which is attached to the document to be used overseas. This certificate is standard in issue across the world and verifies the stamp and seal of the Notary Public or government body appearing on the document. In countries that are party to the Hague Apostille Convention, the issuing of this Apostille renders the document legally valid for international use and generally negates the requirement for additional legalisation at Consulates or Embassies.
You will need an Apostille if:
An Authentication is similar to an Apostille but is limited in its effect in that you will still need to obtain consular legalisation. Authentications are also issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia.
You will need an Authentication if:
We are certainly able to facilitate the authentication of your documents at Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on your behalf. Additional charges apply - please email firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiries or click here for more information.
For appointments with NOTARY SERVICES AUSTRALIA: Call (03) 9642 2270
For appointments with Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Call 1300 935 260
As a general rule, where a signature is required to be witnessed on a document intended for use overseas, the witnessing must be done by a Notary Public. If your document is for use domestically, you will generally be able to have your document witnessed by a lawyer, Justice of the Peace, doctor, police officer, pharmacist etc.
We are able to certify your educational documents and testamurs as true copies.
However, please note that per Australian government regulations, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will only issue an Apostille/authenticate testamurs, transcripts and other relevant educational documents if they have been issued by an Australian accredited education provider.
Documents issued by overseas institutions will need to be authenticated in the country of their origin.
Check the schedule table of the Convention here