Due to increased occurrences of fraud, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) have tightened their policies regarding authentication of education documents. DFAT will no longer authenticate a notarial certificate that simply certifies that an education document is a true copy of an original. DFAT now require the notarial certificate contain online or manual verification for the award from the education organisation. Without such verification, DFAT will not authenticate the notarial certificate.
This means that before you approach a notary public to have an education document notarised, you will first need to obtain online verification from the education organisation. If you cannot obtain online verification, because it is not offered or the education award was granted a long time ago, you will need to manually apply. This can take a long time and in my experience up to 2 weeks.
Should you have any queries about obtaining verification from an education organisation, please contact us on (+61 2) 9929 0226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.