To use a document from Australia in the Netherlands, you must have it legalised with an apostille by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This is a simplified form of legalisation which allows you to use your documents in the Netherlands.
Good to know
- Documents in English do not have to be translated for use in the Netherlands.
- Your document must be original and complete. If it refers to other documents or annexes, these must be included.
Where can you have your documents legalised?
You can get an apostille from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. See the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) website for contact details.
Once your document has been legalised it is fit for use in the Netherlands.
It is then also fit for use in Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten, Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius.
Don’t have the document you need?
Find out below where to obtain a document that you need but do not yet have.
You can get an official copy of a birth certificate or marriage certificate from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the state where the birth or marriage took place.
You can get an official copy of a death certificate from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the state where the deceased last lived.
You can get a single status certificate or 'record of no result', from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the state where you live or last lived.
You can get an official copy of a divorce certificate from the Family Court or Supreme Court that granted the divorce.
You can get an original Citizenship Certificate from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the state in which you became a citizen.
If you need another type of document, ask the local authorities where you can get this document.
Verification of your document in the Netherlands
Legalisation does not prove the authenticity of a document or the truthfulness of its content. A municipality in the Netherlands, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) or another authority may decide to verify these things. Legalisation of your document simply means that your document bears the correct signature.
How recently must your document have been issued or legalised
Organisations have different requirements for how recently your document must have been issued and legalised. For more information, contact the organisation in the Netherlands requesting the document.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.