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Replacing your testamur (certificate)

Replacement testamurs are usually requested for the following reasons:

  • a different name should appear on the document as a result of marriage, divorce, or change of name
  • the original document is damaged or lost
  • the recipient would prefer that a DDIAE/UCSQ document be re-issued by USQ

Name changes

You may request a name change on your University enrolment records, and this can be printed on the testamur (certificate).

  1. Complete the Change of Name form (DOC 196KB) and the Replacement Testamur Request form (DOC196KB) . All names on testamurs will appear in English and titles are not recorded on testamurs (Dr, Mr etc)
  2. Collate suitable certified supporting documentation. Please note: if certified documentary evidence is not supplied, any name change request will not be processed.
  3. Mail the completed forms, supporting documentation, the original testamur (certificate) and payment (AUD65) to:

USQ Graduations Office
University of Southern Queensland
West Street
Toowoomba Qld 4350

Damaged or updated testamur (certificate)

If you've damaged your testamur or require your DDIAE/UCSQ testamur to be re-issued by USQ you should:

  1. Complete the Replacement Testamur Request form (DOC196KB)
  2. Forward the completed form along with the damaged or original testamur together with payment (AUD65) to the USQ Graduations Office address above.

Lost testamurs (certificate)

If you've lost your testamur and wish to request a replacement you should:

  1. Complete the Replacement Testamur Request form (DOC196KB)
  2. Complete a Statutory Declaration (PDF*85KB) witnessed by a Justice of the Peace stating you have lost your original testamur and are therefore, requesting a replacement testamur.
  3. Forward the two documents with payment (AUD65) to the USQ Graduations Office address above. 

How to pay for your replacement testamur

Payments for testamurs:

  • By cheque or money order (made payable to USQ using the address below)
    Please ensure you include your name, student number and a short note detailing that payment is for replacement testamur on the back of the cheque/money order.

    USQ Finance Office
    University of Southern Queensland
    West Street
    Toowoomba Qld 4350

  • By credit card
    Please phone our Finance Department on +61 7 4631 2583 or email Please note that USQ assumes no responsibility for the safety of credit card details sent by email.

Authentication Guidelines

Before some international government departments accept Australian graduation documents they require proof that the signatures of Australian officials are genuine. You can find more information on legalising your documents the Queensland Government Smart Traveller website.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) can provide an authentication or apostille of an official University of Southern Queensland graduation document.

Before DFAT will process a request for an authentication or apostille they require Authentication (in the form of a stamp & signature) by USQ Officials on any USQ-issued original graduation documents:

  • testamur (degree)
  • Official Academic Transcript
  • Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS)

USQ Graduations Office staff will authenticate original documents and arrange delivery to the address you nominate. 

Should you nominate a DFAT Office address as the delivery address, staff will send the documents directly to DFAT on your behalf – however, you will need to contact / advise DFAT of this.

If the delivery address is within Australia, your documents will be mailed via Australia Post – Registered Post. If the delivery address is overseas / international, they will be sent via TNT Courier. USQ does not take responsibility for their arrival. Delivery fees vary accordingly.

Authenticated documents can be collected in person during business hours from the Graduations Office (B117) USQ Toowoomba. Contact the Graduations Office on or phone +61 7 4631 1741 or +61 7 4631 1647.


*This file is in Portable Document Format (PDF) which requires the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. A free copy of Acrobat Reader may be obtained from Adobe. Users who are unable to access information in PDF should contact USQ Graduations, telephone +61 7 4631 1741 to obtain this information in an alternative format.