If you require documents to be produced overseas you will need to determine whether or not the country is a party to the Hague Apostille Convention (a convention that abolishes the need for legalisation by Consulates/Embassies after an Apostille Certificate has been granted by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade).
Please refer to the list below of countries which are parties to the Hague Apostille Convention. There is also an example given for an Apostille signatory country (Colombia).[one_fourth]
China (Homg Kong-Special Administrative Region(SAR) only)
China (Macau-Special Administrative Region (SAR) only)
Macau (SAR of China)
Netherlands (The)[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]New Zealand
San Marino, Republic of
Sao Tome and Principe
Example: How to Produce Documents in Columbia from Australia
There are two steps in order for a document to be able to be produced in Columbia:
1. Firstly, it needs to be notarised by a Melbourne Notary Public like myself. Apointments can be made online (Bookings page link)
2. An Apostille is then applied by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) – the government fee is $80. You need to complete the Document Legalisation Request form which can be found at:
1. Anybody can take the notarized document to DFAT in order to arrange the Apostille. But an appointment is required. Phone 1300 935 260. Usually the appointment will not be set for at least 5 business days after the phone call.
2. Or you can lodge through the mail. Send to: AUSTRALIAN PASSPORTS OFFICE AUTHENTICATION SECTION, GPO BOX 2239, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA 3001, AUSTRALIA.
3. Or you can pay this office to arrange for DFAT to apply the Apostille – we can have your document stamped by DFAT within 24 hours. Our administration fee is $220.