What is an "Apostille"?
Effective 16 March 1995, Australia has become party to the “Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents“. Legalisation or authentication of Australian public documents (e.g. birth, death and marriage certificates, notarial act) by German Missions is no longer required for presentation of said documents to German authorities.
Instead, an Apostille issued by the Australian “Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade” according to the above mentioned agreement is sufficient for German authorities. In return, German certificates are recognized by Australian authorities if they are provided with an Apostille of the competent German authority.
Obtaining an Apostille for Australian documents
You can find information on how and where to get an Apostille for Australian documents on the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade:
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Obtaining an Apostille for German documents
A list of the competent authorities issuing an Apostille for German documents can be found here: