About the Australian Representative Office, Ramallah (ARO)
The Australian Representative Office in Ramallah was established in September 2000. The Office facilitates Australia’s relationship with the Palestinian Authority and enhances Australia’s support for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
The Office oversees the implementation of Australia’s substantial development assistance program in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and enables Australia to keep abreast of developments on the ground in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. It also helps Australia to achieve other regional objectives, including support for good governance and democracy. It facilitates the expansion of our commercial contacts.
The Australian Representative Office is unable to offer direct consular assistance or assistance with immigration issues (including issuing passports and visas). For consular assistance in the West Bank and Gaza please contact the Australian Embassy in Tel Aviv. Assistance with immigration issues may be obtained from the Australian Embassies in Tel Aviv, Amman or Cairo.
Notarial services (legalising documents)
The Australian Representative Office provides notarial services, including the certification of true copies of documents (that are either Australian or others intended for use in Australia), witnessing signatures on documents, statutory declarations and witnessing affidavits.
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Notarial services fees
Notarial services fees increased from 1 January 2017 following a recommendation from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Functional and Efficiency Review.
Fees take into account the annual rate of inflation in Australia, the growing cost of delivering notarial services and rising demand.
From 1 January 2023 fees for Statutory Declarations, witnessing signatures and certifying documents will be AUD 80. Apostille Stamp certificate fees will be AUD 92. Fees are to be paid in ILs according to the exchange rate on 1 January 2023.
Public Holidays 2023
- 02 January, Monday, New Year’s Day (In Lieu)
- 26 January, Thursday, Australia Day
- 14 April, Friday, Good Friday
- 17 April, Monday, Easter Monday
- 24 April, Monday, Eid Al-Fitr*
- 25 April, Tuesday, Eid Al-Fitr*
- 12 June, Monday, Birthday of the Sovereign
- 28 June, Wednesday, Eid Al-Adha*
- 29 June, Thursday, Eid Al-Adha*
- 25 December, Monday, Christmas Day
- 26 December, Tuesday, Boxing Day
- 27 December, Wednesday, Additional DFAT Holiday
- 28 December, Thursday, Additional DFAT Holiday
- 29 December, Friday, Additional DFAT Holiday
*Eid holidays are subject to change as they are determined by the sighting of the moon.
Travel advice for Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.