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What is Authentication?

If you are sending documents to a country which is not a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, you may need to have your documents authenticated. This is simply a process of the DFAT confirming that the signature and seal of the Notary Public who notarized them is valid.

You can apply directly to the DFAT to have your documents authenticated, or we can take care of the process for you. If you would like to find out more about what the process involves or our fees, please call us for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Further information on the authentication of documents is available here.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Newcastle can provide Apostilles and authenticate documents. Their address and contact details are:

Level 1
77 Hunter Street
(Corner of Hunter Street and Bolton Street - entrance on Bolton Street)
Newcastle NSW 2300
Fax: (02) 4923 9393
Office hours: 8:30am – 4:00pm, Monday to Friday