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Is a pharmacist a notary public in Australia?

Is a pharmacist a notary public in Australia?

No, a pharmacist is generally not a notary public in Australia.

In Australia, a notary public is a senior lawyer who has completed further qualifications to be admitted as a notary public. This generally means that they have been a practising lawyer for many years and completed further studies before they can become a notary public. Accordingly, a pharmacist would not be a notary public unless they are also practising as a lawyer and have satisfied the requirements (experience and qualifications) to become a notary public as well.

A pharmacist can be an approved witness for other documents if those documents are being used in Australia (ie, Commonwealth statutory declarations). However, if your documents are intended to be sent overseas or used in another country, then they usually would need to be notarised by a notary public. Also, if your documents must be stamped with an apostille or authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), then your documents must notarised by a notary public and they cannot be signed, certified or attested by a pharmacist. DFAT will not recognise a pharmacist and most countries will not recognise a pharmacist as an approved witness – only a notary public.

Other FAQs regarding our notary public services

If you have any other questions regarding our notary public services, please contact our office on 02 9687 8885 to speak with our notary public or visit our other frequently asked questions, also found below:

Who is a prescribed witness, qualified witness, or authorised witness?

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Do you have any questions regarding this article?

Whether you’re notarising a document for the first time or the hundreth time, the requirements, processes, and terms can be confusing and daunting – or just a pain and a hassle (especially if you need an apostille, or to authenticate or legalise as well). Don’t worry! We’re here to simplify it, explain it, and help you with what you need to achieve it.

Contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about our notary public services. We’ve also created a flowchart to help explain notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.

So, what’s next?

Visit our Notary Fees page for a free quote for our notary public services or just call us on +61 2 9687 8885 to speak with our friendly team about your requirements.

Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?

We’re a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney known for our experience and expertise in notarising documents for other countries, our low-cost fixed fees and service offering, and our availability to help on short notice. With our offices conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area, we help clients from across Sydney and beyond with personal, professional and timely notary public services.

Ern Phang, Notary Public
Ern Phang
Notary Public

This website is maintained by Phang Legal, a boutique law firm in Parramatta and a leading provider of quality notary public services to satisfied clients across Sydney.

Ern Phang is a director of Phang Legal and a notary public (since 2005). Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the issues faced by his clients in sending documents to other countries.

All information contained in this article is for general purposes only and correct at the time of publication. Only rely on information and advice specific to your situation and current at the time you wish to rely on it.
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