Australian Consulate-General
Chennai, India

Notarial Services

Notarial service fee to increase from 1 January 2017

Following recommendations from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Functional and the Efficiency Review, Notarial service fees will increase with effect from 1 January 2017.

Notarial service fees have not increased in 16 years.

The new fee schedule takes into account the annual rate of inflation in Australia since fees were last increased, the growing cost of delivering notarial services and rising demand.  The new fee schedule aligns with notarial service fees charged by commercial providers. The fee for notarial services accepted overseas will be in the local currency (Indian rupees) equivalent.

From 2018 onwards, notarial service fees will increase annually in line with the Consumer Price Index published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

For some services there are free alternatives available to clients, such as witnessing of documents by medical practitioners or police officers.

Notarial service fees from 1 January 2017 ($AUD)

Notarial acts are performed at the Australian Consulate - General in Chennai from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday excluding the public holidays.  

From 1 July 2015, most Australian missions overseas are permitted to issue an Australian apostille on original public documents.
Apostilles can be issued on Australian public documents and can be issued at all Australian diplomatic missions in India.

Notarial services are provided by the Australian High Commission and Consulates-General in India when the documents are Australian in origin or for use in Australia.

Notarial services available include:

  • Authentications and Apostilles (and the binding of documents presented)
  • Certifying copies of original documents
  • Witnessing of signatures on certain documents
  • Issuing of Certificates of No Impediment to marriage
  • Witnessing of statutory declarations
  • Administering of affidavits, oaths and affirmations

NOTE: We are not able to provide advice on which Notarial service you may need. Please ensure that you know what Notarial service(s) you wish us to perform and, if necessary, you should confirm this with the organisation or agency that requires your documents to be Notarised. Further information on Notarial services can be found on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

Australian Consulate - General staff will make copies of all the original documents presented by clients. Unfortunately, photocopies provided by clients cannot be certified.

Fees apply for these services in the local currency.

Online registration for Australians overseas

We encourage use of the online registration service by Australians planning to reside overseas for extended periods and those travelling to locations where there are security risks.