Australian citizens need to attest Documents by an Australian Notary Public for overseas purpose . The documents should be legalized or authenticated before accepting by foreign governments or businesses. Foreign governments or businesses usually require Australian legalized or attested documents. Australian public documents legalized by Apostille Certificates are restricted in their use to only those countries which are signatories to The Hague Convention, the world organization for cross-border cooperation in civil and commercial matters. The Convention reduced all of the formalities of legalization to the simple delivery of a Certificate in a prescribed form to be issued by the appropriate government department of any country ratifying the Convention.
There are certificates like educational (Australian Certificate of Education, Higher School Certificates, National Curriculum, Northern Territory Certificate of Education, School Certificate, South Australian Certificate of Education, Tasmanian Certificate of Education) and non educational certificates (Marriage / Birth Divorce / Legal Higher Ship / Power of Attorney / Medical / Transcript / Intership Fiinger Print / Bona – Fide / Company Invoice & Memorandum Articles / Document of Export and Import ) need to be get attested for overseas purpose. The Certificate’s official issue and registration may be verified without difficulty by means of a simple request for information addressed to the country’s issuing government department from where it originated.
Attested public documents are accepted in all countries participating in the Hague Convention. Public documents legalized by a country’s Embassy or Consulate are restricted in their use to the particular country which undertook the legalization process in respect of those documents.