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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides notarial services overseas. We deliver these services through our embassies and consulates.
This brochure is designed to provide information to help you understand what consular staff in Australia and overseas can do to assist during this difficult time.
The Australian Government can provide some notarial services. The services we provide depends if requested in Australia or overseas. We charge fees for our service.
Death overseas is always a possibility. Even for people who are fit and healthy. Sometimes, things just go wrong.
When death happens overseas it can be difficult. During this time, consular staff will do what we can to assist you. However, there are limits to our help.
Foreign authorities may request a document to be issued with an Apostille or an Authentication certificate before they will accept it. This is called ‘legalisation’.
Read our advice on COVID-19, including leaving Australia, trying to get home, arriving in Australia and staying overseas.
Australia has strict border measures in place to protect the health of the Australian community.