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Certified Copy

What is a certified copy?

A certified copy is a photocopy of an original document (in this case a University of Melbourne official academic record such as a testamur or academic transcript) that has been endorsed as a true copy of that document. It does not certify that the original document is genuine, only that it is a true copy of the original. Certification may be obtained by a:

  • Bail Justice or Justice of the Peace (see the Student Union Information Centre)
  • Public Notary Lawyer
  • Lawyer
  • Clerk to a Lawyer
  • Clerk of the Courts
  • Member of the Police Force
  • Sheriff or Deputy Sheriff
  • Member or former member of State or Federal Parliament
  • Councillor of a municipality
  • Registered Medical Practitioner
  • Registered Dentist
  • Veterinary Practitioner
  • Australia Post Office manager
  • Pharmacist
  • Principal in the teaching service
  • Manager of a bank
  • Secretary of a building society
  • Minister of religion authorised to celebrate marriages

Copies of documents that are submitted to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for the Apostille must be certified first by an Australian Notary Public Layer and an authorised signatory of the University.

Please note that a Notary Public Lawyer is not the same as a Justice of the Peace (JP). More information may be accessed at the Australian Notaries Public website.