A Beginner’s Guide to Teaching in China: How to get your documents legalised (Australia)

Notaries public are senior legal practitioners who prepare, attest, witness and certify original and copied legal documents for use overseas. A list of notaries public can be found on the Supreme Court or Law Society listings for each State or Territory. You can also search for a notary public near you by following this link.


By the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). 

To comply with foreign requirements, Australian documents sometimes need additional government legalisation before they can be used overseas. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) provides a number of legalisation services to help Australian documents meet the requirements of foreign governments.


Authentication Fee: A$81**

Payment must be received for services at the time of lodgement with a completed form. Either you or someone you nominate can lodge and collect on your behalf. Payment in Australia is by EFTPOS or credit card (Visa or MasterCard) only. Cash is not accepted in Australian Passport Offices.


1300 935 260



Legalisation requests can be lodged by mail to:

Australian Passport Office Authentications Section
GPO Box 2239

Australian Passport Office Authentications Section
GPO Box 2239

Alternatively, legalisation requests can be lodged in person at Australian Passport Offices. Lodgement in person is by appointment only. You can make an appointment by phoning 1300 935 260.

Submit your documents to the Chinese embassy or consulates for legalisation.

1) Regular: 4-working day pickup $30 per document

2) Rush: second working day pickup: additional A$50 per document.

3) Express: third working day pickup: additional A$30 per document.

Be advised; if your documents are notarised in South Australia and authenticated in DFAT’s office in Sydney, they should be authenticated in the Chinese Consulate General in Adelaide but not the Consulate General in Sydney.



Notary: https://www.notarylocator.com.au/notaries-explained.php








Z Visa: http://au.china-embassy.org/eng/ls/vfc/t1424006.htm

 Application form can be downloaded using this link.

Pioneer & Beyond does not hold any legal right or responsibility to the information in this document/ on this page. All the information in this document is copied from Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Notary Locator and The Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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