The following countries are not members of the Hague Apostille Convention:[one_third]Afghanistan,
Guatemala, [/one_third] [one_third]Guinea,
Pakistan, [/one_third] [one_third_last]Palestine,
UAE (United Arab Emirates),
For countries which are not parties to the Hague Apostille Convention there are usually 3 steps in order for documents to be able to be produced in the foreign country.
1. The document is notarised by a Melbourne Notary Public like myself.
Apointments can be made online (Bookings page link)
2. The notarised document is then stamped with an Authentication stamp 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:
3. Then you need to have the notarised document which has also been stamped by DFAT sent to the relevant Consulate or Embassy for stamping. If you want this Office to arrange such stamping, the administration fee is $220. Check with the relevant Consulate or Embassy website to determine the fee applicable to your document.
1. Anybody can take the notarized document to DFAT for stamping. 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 AUTHERNTICATION SECTION, GPO BOX 2239, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA 3001, AUSTRALIA.
3. Or you can pay this office to arrange for DFAT stamping – no more than a 24 hour turnaround. Our administration fee is $220.