Timeframe and fees

The APVMA will assess all applications in accordance with APVMA legislation in a timely and efficient manner. There is no statutory timeframe for us to assess an application for an export certificate. However, the APVMA will endeavour to process certificate applications within 20 working days.


Fees for certificates are prescribed in the APVMA’s regulations. The standard fee is $125, with a further $105 payable if technical or scientific assessment is needed.

If you apply for subsequent certificates on the same day as your original application, you do not have to pay an additional fee for the subsequent certificates if they are the same in all respects as the original certificate, or they are the same as the original certificate except for minor changes.

Legalisation of Documents (authentications and apostilles)

Foreign governments sometimes require proof the signatures of Australian officials on documents are genuine before they can be accepted. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will certify that a signature, stamp or seal on an official Australian public document is genuine by checking it against an original or specimen held on file, and print or attach a certificate in the form of an 'authentication' or an 'apostille' stating certain facts. The authentication or apostille is then signed by DFAT staff and sealed with a wet and a dry seal.

DFAT can apply either an apostille or authentication certificate to an export certificate.

Section 3.550 of the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Regulations 1995 provides that if you require the APVMA to take a certificate to DFAT to legalise the document, you will be required to pay the fees set by DFAT:

  • Authentications—for signing and affixing a seal to the export certificate: $84 per certificate.
  • Apostilles—for preparing and issuing an apostille certificate for the export certificate: $84 per certificate.

The additional fee for DFAT services applies to each certificate (including copies of the certificate) in relation to those on which DFAT performs a legalisation.

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