Certified (Attested) documents
What is a certified document?
A certified document is one that is sworn to be a true copy by an appropriate certifying authority. These authorities vary from country to country.
Please take the original document and a colour photocopy to one of these authorities for certification, and then supply us with the certified copies.
Who can certify documents?
- Health professions: Chiropractor, Dentist, Medical practitioner, Nurse, Optometrist, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist, Psychologist1
- Legal professions: Legal practitioner, Patent attorney, Trademarks attorney
- Court positions: Bailiff, Justice of the Peace, Judge, Magistrate, Registrar, or Deputy Registrar, Clerk, Master of a court, CEO of a Commonwealth court
- Commissioner for Affidavits, or Commissioner for Declarations (dependent on jurisdictions)
- Government representatives (elected): Federal, State or Territory or Local
- Public servants: Federal, State or Territory or Local – employed for five years or more.
- Permanent employees of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
- Bank officer, building society officer, credit union officer, finance company officer – employed for five years or more
- Veterinary surgeon
- Accountant (member of ICA, ASA, NIA or CPA, ATMA, NTAA)
- Minister of religion, or marriage celebrant
- Member of:
- Chartered Secretaries Australia
- Engineers Australia, other than at the grade of student
- Australian Defence Force (an officer; or a non-commissioned officer with 5+ years of continuous service; a warrant officer)
- Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
- Notary public
- Holder of a statutory office not specified in another item in this Part
- Police officer
- Sheriff or Sheriff’s officer
- Teacher (full-time) at a school or tertiary education institution
- Justice of the Peace
- Notary public
- Australian Consular Officer or Australian Diplomatic Officer (within the meaning of the Consular Fees Act 1955)
- Employee of the Commonwealth or the Australian Trade Commission who works outside Australia.
What do the above authorised officers need to do to certify your documents?
- An Authorised Officer should do the following in the presence of the applicant:
- Certify that each document is a true copy of the original.
- Certify that the photograph on photographic documentation (e.g. licence or passport) is a true likeness of the applicant.
- Witness the signature of the applicant.
Certified documents must:
- Annotated as appropriate e.g. “I have sighted the original document and certify this to be a true copy of the original” and signed by the Authorised Officer.
- List the name, date of certification, and contact phone number and position number (if relevant) and have the stamp or seal of the Authorised Officer applied