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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) authentication

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:

  • official academic transcripts
  • certificates of graduate status
  • degree certificates (testamur)
  • confirmation of enrolment notices
  • completion letters
  • letters issued by the Student Centre.

Other documents must be notarised by an Australian Notary Public.


We are only able to authenticate modern degree certificates (testamurs) that have a University seal and printed signatures. If you have an older version of testamur, you'll need to order a replacement for it to be authenticated.

Send your documents in the mail

If you would like your documents authenticated for DFAT, please send the following to our mailing address below.

  • original documents (DFAT no longer accepts photocopies)
  • stamped self-addressed envelope
  • cover letter with the following information
    • your email address and contact number (so we can confirm when your documents have been delivered)
    • list of the document/s you wish to have authorised
Mailing address

We highly recommend you send your documents via tracking post. The University of Sydney cannot take responsibility for any documents that are lost during transit.

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

Make an in-person appointment

You can make an in-person appointment to have your documents authorised at the Student Centre.

Please ensure you bring the following to your appointment:

  • original documents (DFAT no longer accepts photocopies of any documents)
  • one of the following valid forms of ID (in English) for verification purposes:
    • passport
    • driver’s License
    • proof of Age card

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: 17 January 2024

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