What does a Notary do?
attests documents and certifies the execution of the documents.
prepares and certifies certain legal documents.
administers oaths, witnesses affidavits, statutory declarations and other documents. certifies copies of the documents.
What is an Apostille?
In Australia, an apostille is a certificate issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) certifying that a document has been notarised by a notary public. An apostille will only be recognised in a country that is a party to the Hauge Apostille Convention. To obtain an apostille, you must first contact a notary public to notarise your documents.
What is Authentication?
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will authenticate notarised documents by certifying that the documents were notarised by a notary public. Once DFAT have authenticated the document, you must take that authenticated document to the relevant consulate or embassy before it can be sent to the intended country for use.