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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) authentication

COVID-19 update: changes to document authentication

If you would like your documents authenticated for DFAT, you can send your documents in the mail. Alternativley, you can make an online enquiry or call us to arrange an appointment at the Student Centre

Authorising documents for DFAT

If you are providing documents such as your academic transcript or degree certificate (testamur) to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) they will first need to be signed by an authorised staff member here at the University.

Only the following documents can be authorised:

  • academic transcripts
  • certificates of graduate status
  • degree certificates
  • confirmation of enrolment notices
  • letters issued by the Student Centre. 

Other documents must be notarised by an Australian Notary Public.

Send your documents in the mail 

If you would like your documents authenticated for DFAT, you can send the original document as well as a stamped self-addressed envelope to us at the address below. Please be aware that DFAT no longer accepts photocopies of any documents. 

Student Centre
Level 3, Jane Foss Russell Building G02
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006

Book an appointment 

If you would like to get your documents authenticated for DFAT in-person at the Student Centre, you will need to book an in-person appointment with the Student Centre. To do this, submit an enquiry online and let us know you’d like your documents authenticated. We will then send you a booking link, so you can book an appointment. Without an appointment, you will not be able to have your documents DFAT authenticated in person at the Student Centre.

Alternatively, you can call us to book an appointment. 

Legalising documents for use overseas

Australian documents being used overseas sometimes need additional government legalisation to ensure that they meet the requirements of foreign governments. DFAT provides an authentication and apostille service for this purpose.

Student Centre



1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864)
or +61 2 8627 1444 (outside Australia)

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Last updated: 05 February 2021

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