Notarial service fee to increase from 1 January 2017
Notarial service fees will increase from 1 January 2017, following a recommendation from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Functional and Efficiency Review.
Notarial service fees have not increased in 16 years.
The new fee schedule takes into account the annual rate of inflation in Australia since fees were last increased, the growing cost of delivering notarial services and rising demand. The new fee schedule (attached) aligns with notarial service fees charged by commercial providers. The fee for notarial services accepted overseas will be in the local currency (Indian rupees) equivalent.
From 2018 onwards, notarial service fees will increase annually in line with the Consumer Price Index published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
For some services there are free alternatives available to clients, such as witnessing of documents by medical practitioners or police officers.
Acceptance of Consular and Passport fee with reference to withdrawal of 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes
Indian authorities have announced that all 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes will be withdrawn from circulation. As of 9 November 2016 the Australian High Commission will not be accepting the old 500 and 1000 rupee banknotes for notarial and/ or passport fee. Our preferred method of payment for notarials and/or passport fees is either by credit/ debit card (excluding American Express cards), alternatively new Rs 500 or 2,000 notes issued by Reserve Bank of India or other Rupee banknotes not affected by this change.
New Colmbo Plan 2017 Scholars announced
The Australian Government will provide prestigious New Colombo Plan scholarships to three talented Australian youth to live, study and intern in India in 2017.
New Colombo Plan 2017 Indian scholars will study a broad range of disciplines including economics, arts, and construction and design at universities in Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Delhi. Read more.
Australia, India and the UK promote women in science
Some of Australia’s best minds are in India this week taking part in a conference designed to highlight the important contribution of women and boost their participation in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) sectors.
Australian High Commissioner to India Harinder Sidhu, who will help open the conference, said gender equality in these critical areas of research was a challenge shared by countries worldwide. Read more.
High Commissioner's latest speeches
High Commissioner's address at IPCS 20th Anniversary Plenum Seires (15/11/16) - Read more
High Commissioner's Address at the O P Jindal Global University (13/10/16) - Read more
High Commissioner's Speech at the International River Symposium (12/09/16) - Read more
High Commissioner's Speech: Policy Research Workshop on the Food-Energy-Water Nexus in the Eastern Gangetic Plains (EGP) - Read more
For more speeches, click here - http://india.embassy.gov.au/ndli/Speeches.html
Prestigious scholarships for Indians and Australians to build connections
Indians and Australians will be given the opportunity to forge educational, research and professional links between their two countries after being awarded Australia’s most prestigious grants in the Australian higher education and research sector.
Australian High Commissioner Harinder Sidhu congratulated the awardees whom she believed would become over time the new generation of global leaders. Read more.
More Australian students to study in India
The Australian Government’s flagship New Colombo Plan education program will support 890 Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake work placements in India in 2017. In its third year, India remains once again one of the most popular destinations for Australian students. Read more.