Is an accountant a notary public in Australia?
No, an accountant 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, an accountant 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.
An accountant 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 an accountant. DFAT will not recognise an accountant and most countries will not recognise an accountant 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:
- What’s a ‘notary public’?
- What does a notary public do?
- What’s the difference between a notary public and a justice of the peace?
- What’s the difference between a notary and a commissioner of oaths?
- What makes you different from other notaries?
- What’s an ‘apostille’?
- What’s the Apostille Convention?
- I’ve been told I need an apostille. Where and how do I get it?
- What’s ‘authentication’?
- Are you recognised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade?
- What’s your experience in providing notary public services?
- Do you provide any services other than notary services?
Who is a prescribed witness, qualified witness, or authorised witness?
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?
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.
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.