A certified (or notarised) copy of a document, is a copy of the original that has been certified to be a true copy, by an authorised officer. Various forms, including AHPRA, will require proof of identity. You obviously don’t want to send your original documents (such as your Birth Certificate and Academic Qualification) as AHPRA does not post these back. The alternative to this, is to have them ‘certified’.
Whilst it differs slightly with what organisations will accept, the general rule is that only a handful of people outside Australia are authorised to certify documents. These include;
- Justice of the Peace
- Notary Public
- Australian Consular Officer
- Australian Diplomatic Officer
The cost of getting your documents certified can vary substantially. Some notaries will charge per document; others are happy to do all of your documents for a set-price. You will need certified copies of your documents for various applications, so it is worthwhile finding a well- priced notary, and even get a couple of spares done before you leave home, just in case.
For more information about getting your documents certified, visit the official AHPRA site www.ahpra.gov.au/certify