AUSTRALIAN EDUCATIONAL DOCUMENTS ARE NOT PUBLIC DOCUMENTS AND REQUIRE VERIFICATION OR NOTARISATION BEFORE QUALIFYING FOR APOSTILLE OR AUTHENTICATION CERTIFICATES.
Degrees | Certificates | Testamurs | Academic transcripts | Diplomas | Awards
The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) in Australia will only issue Apostille and Authentication Certificates in respect of Australian Degrees| Certificates | Testamurs | Academic Transcripts | Diplomas | Awards, when the relevant document has had its contents verified as a ‘true and accurate record’ by the central student administration office of the issuing university | institution. However, if that body has a public online verification register capable of public examination, that process will not be necessary but a date of birth and student number must be provided for online verification.
If not verified in above circumstances, many public universities | institutions have an existing arrangement with the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) to have certain of its staff provide it with the required information to verify the subject document’s contents.
If you proceed in this manner, your document does not need to be “notarised” by a Notary Public, unless you require a copy of your original document to be verified/authenticated/apostilled rather than the original (which you may wish to preserve in its original condition to eliminate the chance it may not be returned to you by those asking for its legalisation.
If you are unable to attend yourself to the verification process outlined above, Apostille Australia Certificate Service will verify your original or notarised copy of Degree/Testamur, Academic Transcript, Diploma or Award as part of its professional services for a fee of $150.00 for verification, and/or $100.00 for notarisation.
Documents issued by an Australian accredited private University or College will need to be certified and sealed by an Australian notary public. Verification is not necessary.
CIT | TAFE, OR TERTIARY INSTITUTION QUALIFICATION OR DOCUMENT
Your original document can be apostilled without further requirements. Copies can be certified by an Australian notary public which will enable you to retain possession of the original for future use if required.
HSC, VCE, OR SIMILAR DOCUMENT
Your document must be verified and signed by an authorised officer of the relevant issuing organisation (e.g. the NSW Board of Studies, the QLD Studies Authority etc.) or an Australian Public Notary.
Apostille Australia Certificate Service provides such a notary service. Verification is not necessary.
Your document must be verified and signed by an authorised officer of the relevant State/Territory Department of Education.
Most education departments have an existing arrangement with DFAT to have certain staff provide this service.
When you contact the education department to arrange this, let them know that your document needs to be signed for DFAT.
Copies may be notarised by an Australian Notary Public before or after this verification to enable you to retain in your possession the original.
Documents issued by an Australian accredited private school or college will need to be certified and sealed by an Australian notary public.
Apostille Australia Certificate provides such a notary service.