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Wednesday, 10 September 1958


Mr Ward d asked the acting Minister for External Affairs, upon notice -

1.   Are any financial charges imposed by official Australian overseas representatives' for services provided for Australian citizens travelling ' abroad, such as the witnessing of documents, &c,'?

2.   If so, what are the details of the prescribed scale of fees?


Sir Philip McBride - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Yes, the general act governing the payment of fees is the Cunsular fees Act of lv55 which provides for the charging of fees for the performance of consular acts by Australian overseas diplomatic and consular officers and certain other officers of the Commonwealth. Such acts include, for example, the witnessing, sealing and certifying of documents, the administration of oaths, and the taking of evidence.

2.   The prescribed scale of fees is to be found in the schedule to the regulations under the abovementioned act. This is a fairly extensive schedule, too long to quote in full here. The services listed in it are provided to assist Australians travelling or residing overseas and to save them time, expense and inconvenience. Copies of the schedule are available to honorable members in the Parliamentary Library.







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