The Embassy works on an appointment basis for notarial services. For information on how to book an appointment, please see below.
Notarial Service Fees as of 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 aligns with notarial service fees charged by commercial providers.
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 in Australia, such as witnessing of documents by medical practitioners or police officers.
The fees on this schedule are in AUD. Fees are only accepted in Egyptian Pounds (EGP) according to the exchange rate applicable at the time of requesting the service. The fees in EGP are available on the appointment booking page.
Skills assessment applicants who are seeking notarial services (i.e. certification or authentication of documents, witnessing of signature and certifying photographs) are seen by appointment only. Appointments are available 10:00 am - 1:00 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. Documents can be collected on the following day allocated for providing such services.
Additional information on notarial services is available through the Smartraveller website: http://smartraveller.gov.au/services/legalising-documents/pages/overseas.aspx.
To make an appointment you need to
- Refer to the attached notarial services document for detailed information on the available notarial services including their definition, cost and requirements, You must complete the form at the end of the document and present a printout of it when you attend the Embassy.
- Book an appointment through the following link: https://my.setmore.com/bookingpage/7df5120c-11fe-418c-9f72-77ccb7f14dcc.
Please note the following:
- Choose “Skills assessment related notarial services”
- Each appointment lasts for 15 minutes. If you arrive late for your allocated booking, or you have not completed your notarial services form correctly, your appointment may be forfeited and you may have to wait while on-time and prepared clients are served by Consular staff.
- If you have any translated documents related to your skills assessment application, please refer to the following information.
Authentication of translated documents
The Consular Section at the Embassy is unable to authenticate any documents translated by a local private translation service; however, we may provide certified true copies of these documents. While we do provide a list of accredited Egyptian translation offices, we are only able to recognise their work in the context of Australian passport applications.
Where should I get my documents translated?
According to the type of document that needs to be translated, you may approach the relevant government agency (e.g. Ministry of Justice, Civil Status Organisation) for translation of both Egyptian and non-Egyptian documents. The translated document may then be authenticated by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and subsequently by the Embassy.
Please note the Embassy is not in a position to advise whether the translated document will then be acceptable for use in Australia. Only the Australian agency where the translated document will be lodged can advise as to the requirements of the translation/legalisation.
Certain documents (e.g. educational certificates/transcripts) may be requested to be issued in/translated to English by the issuing authority.
You need to have your documents translated by a translator accredited with the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). You can locate their list of accredited translators at www.naati.com.au.
If the translated document is for use in Egypt, it should firstly be authenticated by a State/Territory Office affiliated to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Following this, it can be authenticated by either the Egyptian Embassy/Consulate in Australia or the Australian Embassy in Cairo. A list of State/Territory Offices can be found at http://smartraveller.gov.au/services/legalising-documents/pages/australia.aspx (under “Where to lodge your documents in person”).
Booking an Appointment
Before booking your appointment:
- You need to ascertain what type of notarial service you require
- You also need to ascertain whether there are any specific requirements (e.g. qualification of the officer who should perform the notarial act, certain wording to be used in certification, binding of affidavit documents, etc) for performing that specific notarial act. (Refer to the Notarial Disclaimer below).
There is a brief description under each notarial service on our booking page; however, for further details (especially for legalisation of educational documents issued in Australia), you will need to refer to the following link: http://smartraveller.gov.au/services/legalising-documents/pages/overseas.aspx.
To book an appointment, click here.
Please ensure that the documents relating to notarial services you require from the Australian Embassy are presented in the correct form, and that you provide the correct instructions to our staff (for example, on how your signature must be witnessed on the documents).
If you are unsure of the legal requirements relating to the notarial service you require, you should seek independent legal advice, including through the agency where you will lodge your documents.
By providing a notarial service such as authenticating a document, providing a certified copy of a document or witnessing a signature on a document, neither the Australian Government nor the Embassy in Cairo endorse, verify or make any statement as to the accuracy, truth, legality or otherwise of the contents of the document or the purposes for which the document may be used.
Neither the Australian Government nor the Embassy accepts liability for any loss, damage or injury arising out of the use of, or reliance on, the document or its contents.