Notarial service fee to increase from 1 January 2017
Notarial service fees will increase from 1 January 2017, following a recommendation from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Functional and Efficiency Review.
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 (attached) 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.
Services for Australians
From 1 April 2016, Permanent Residency (PR) visa label of parents will not be accepted as evidence of an applicant’s citizenship. If the applicant was born in Australia on or after 20 August 1986 and one (or both) parents were Australian permanent residents at that time, the applicant must provide evidence of their own Australian citizenship with a citizenship certificate issued by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). Applicants will need to apply for this using Form 119 You should take into account DIBP and passport processing times before booking any travel.
Further information can be found at the DIBP website.
From 1 January 2016, child applicants aged 16 or 17 will be issued with a 10-year passport instead of the five-year passport currently issued to children under 18. Applications must still include parental consent, and they must be personally lodged by the applicant together with a parent. The application fee will be the same as for adults, reflecting the longer validity of the passport to be issued.
(Consular and Passport Section Opening Hours: 9am-12pm and 2pm-4pm)
Services for Australians Overseas
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) provides help to Australians who find themselves in trouble overseas. This support is known as consular services.
In New Delhi, consular services are provided on weekdays, between 9am until 12 noon and 2pm until 4pm, except on public holidays. Telephone enquiries will be answered between 8.30am-1pm and from 2pm-5pm Monday to Friday.
DFAT also provides Australians with emergency consular services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can contact the Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 within Australia or +61 2 6261 3305 from outside Australia or SMS +61 421 269 080.
What we can and cannot do
Travel information for Australians
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Passport interviews are conducted at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi between 9am-12pm and 2pm-4pm, Monday to Friday, excluding some Indian and Australian public holidays. This is a walk-up service only - no appointments are taken.
Commencing on 1 July 2015 applicants must lodge their Australian Passport application in person at the Australian High Commission. Applications are not accepted by post.
• Apply for a passport online
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The Indian Government has revised its rules for Australians undertaking travel to India for the purpose of surrogacy. See our International Surrogacy bulletin for further information.
Notarial acts are performed at the Consular Section, Australian High Commission in New Delhi between 9am-12pm and 2pm-4pm each weekday Monday to Friday except on 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.
High Commission staff will make copies from all original documents presented by clients. Unfortunately, photocopies provided by clients cannot be certified.
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.
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