How long does it take?


Processing time may vary in individual requirement, depending on several factors including the size of and the number of documents. Generally for simply matters it will take no longer than 15 minutes. There may be a delay if: a signature of the official who has signed the document needs to be contacted. obtaining verification of [...]

How long does it take?2018-03-22T20:58:57+00:00

Statutory Declarations


What is a Statutory Declaration? A Statutory Declaration is a written statement of fact or belief and may generally be made in relation to any matter. The person making the declaration acknowledges that it is true and correct and that a person making a false declaration may be liable for penalties. Commonwealth, state and territory [...]

Statutory Declarations2018-03-22T20:59:16+00:00

W​hat is a Notary Public?


A notary public is not the same as a Justice of the Peace (JP). Within Australia, notaries public are senior legal practitioners who prepare, attest, witness and certify original and copied legal documents for use overseas. DFAT officers are not notaries public. A list of Australian notaries public can be found on Supreme Court or [...]

W​hat is a Notary Public?2018-03-22T20:59:22+00:00

Which stamp do I need – authentication or an apostille?


You should check with the local authorities requesting the document as to their requirements in order to ensure that the appropriate service is provided for your documents to be accepted. We cannot advise clients of foreign requirements. We can provide the following general information. Apostille As a general rule, countries that are party to the [...]

Which stamp do I need – authentication or an apostille?2021-11-18T01:23:27+00:00



What is an Affidavit? An affidavit is a written statement that allows the person making it to present evidence in court or other legal proceedings. The person making the affidavit must take an oath (a sworn commitment based on religious belief) or make an affirmation (a secular sworn commitment) that the contents of the affidavit [...]


Oaths and Affirmations


Steps to witness an affidavit: We will check your photo ID to confirm you are the person named on the document. Ask you (deponent) to sign the affidavit at the end of the written statement, in the place indicated on the document. Advise you to now swear an oath or make an affirmation to the [...]

Oaths and Affirmations2018-03-22T20:59:38+00:00

Electronic documents


Electronic documents can pose problems for us, as they contain electronic signatures and seals and the original is not physically issued to the client by the issuing authority. In general, if the organisation does not issue public documents with live signatures and seals , we can accept electronic signatures and seals for authentication and apostille. [...]

Electronic documents2018-03-22T20:59:44+00:00



Translated documents must bear the signature of a government translating service (recognised by a foreign government, with the signature of the Foreign Affairs department of that country) or the signature and seal of a translator that is accredited by NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters).. The translation and a copy of the original [...]




The wording on the back of the photograph, or on the form, must state that the signatory “certifies the photograph to be a true likeness of (name of the individual)” Staff cannot attest or certify that the photograph is “a true photo of” (name of individual). An example is for photographs to be attached to [...]

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