Authentications and Apostilles
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) provides the following legalisation services:
- Apostilles (pron. app-os-teel)
- Certificates of No Impediment to Marriage (CNIs)
An Authentication or Apostille is a government-to-government verification that a signature, seal or stamp appearing on a government or notarised document is legitimate (see overleaf).
- You should check first with the Embassy or Consulate of the country in which you will present your document(s) whether you require either an Authentication OR an Apostille. DFAT provides a list of foreign Embassies and Consulates in Australia on its website to assist you to confirm these requirements.
- Our staff can only verify the signatures, seals and stamps of Australian Government officials, or Notaries Public (not Justices of the Peace).
- Notarial services for private documents or copies of government documents to be used overseas are provided by Notaries Public (a specially qualified lawyer). Locations and contact details for Notaries Public are available from the Yellow Pages or the Society of Notaries Queensland Inc website.
Most clients can avail themselves of our 24-hour turnaround service if the signatures you are presenting for verification already exist on our database. In most cases, your documents will be processed in the afternoon on the day of receipt and will be available for collection or postage to you the next business day.
Important information about Apostilles, Authentications and Certificates of No Impediment, including our fees, application forms and payment methods.
Phone: (07) 3405 4799
- Email : email@example.com
- Fax: (07) 3405 4700
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Document Legalisation Fax: (07) 3405 4714
- Office Fax: (07) 3405 4782
150 Charlotte Street
Brisbane Qld 4000
- Document legalisation: Monday–Friday 9:00am–1:00pm
- Passport services: Monday–Friday 8:30am–4:00pm
Working towards lower barriers for Australian exporters is an important objective for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The Department's ability to advance the interests of Australian exporters depends in large part on the information provided to it by the business community. If you are facing barriers in getting your exports onto foreign markets, please advise this office by contacting our State Director or Deputy State Director on (07) 3405 4799 or fax (07) 3405 4782.
- The Queensland State Office periodically organises consultations in Brisbane and regional areas on trade issues, including developments in negotiations in the World Trade Organisation and in negotiations towards bilateral free trade agreements with other countries.
- For more information about the practical aspects of exporting see Austrade
- If you would like to be notified of future events, or would like to participate in government-business consultations on specific trade negotiations, please register your contact details and particular areas of interest by requesting a Database Registration Form by email: email@example.com
Information on the international trade environment
DFAT can help you access information about the global, regional or country environment into which you are seeking to export your goods and services.
A considerable amount of material is available direct from our country information.
DFAT provides information on the international trade environment to exporters including publications on Australia, Australian foreign and trade policies and the economic and political climate in other countries:
DFAT recruits both graduates and non-graduates for a range of positions. The Department offers a varied and challenging career advancing Australia's international political, economic, consular and security interests.
The Queensland State Office does not recruit employees directly, and there are no opportunities for work experience within the office.