We specialise in legalising all Australian public, company, commercial, and educational
documents at Embassies and Consulates of foreign countries represented or located in
Australia and elsewhere.
If the foreign country in which you require your Australian public, commercial or
educational document to operate is not a country which is a signatory to The Hague
Convention, only its Embassy, Consulate, diplomatic or trade representative in Australia
can legalise your document. Apostille Certificates are unacceptable in countries which
have not ratified the Hague Convention.
In most cases, your Australian public document needs first to be authenticated by the
Australian Government before acceptance for legalisation by an Embassy or Consulate,
and this is achieved by the issue of an Authentication Certificate stamped or attached to
Embassy or Consulate legalisation is a complex, difficult and sometimes expensive
legal process. Each Embassy or Consulate has its peculiar opening hours, rules,
procedures, guidelines, and fees payable, all of which you must deal with to legalise
your Australian document for use in their country. It is a tricky and sometimes costly
exercise to conduct on your own.
- It may require a written translation of the contents of a document from the English language into their country's own language, and that such translation be authenticated by the Australian Government.
- Some countries require a Chamber of Commerce Certificate affixed to commercial documents as well as authentication.
- Other countries, especially Middle Eastern Arab states, charge huge fees to legalise commercial documents and are closed on their national holidays and religious days.