Although Australia is a member of the Hague Convention of 1961, documents for use in Australia do not usually need to be legalised by Apostille if they have been signed/authenticated by a UK notary public.
Please confirm the legalisation requirements with the local instructing party in Australia to avoid rejection.
If Apostille legalisation is required, the FCDO Apostille fee is £40 for standard service, £100 for premium service or £35 for e-Apostille service.
Turnaround time is likely to be 1-2 working days for standard service (paper-based), 5-6 hours for premium service or 5-48 hours for the e-Apostille service.
For the Standard Apostille Next-Day Service (paper-based Apostille), we must receive the original documentation by 11:00 am to be despatched next working day.
The Premium Apostille is a limited service the FCDO can provide for a few eligible types of documents and they require evidence to support the urgency requirement. Please contact our Legalisation Team for further details.
Documents eligible for the e-Apostille must be first notarised with an Advanced Electronic Signature (AES) or a Qualified Electronic Signature (QES).
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