What’s a ‘notary public’?

A notary public, also known as a public notary, is a senior lawyer who can administer oaths and statutory declarations, witness and authenticate documents and perform certain other acts in Australia in relation to documents intended to be used overseas. The role can best be described as an ‘international justice of the peace’.

A document that will be used overseas (outside of Australia) but signed, witnessed or certified in Australia generally needs to be notarised by a notary public before it will be accepted or considered legally valid in the intended destination country.

See the related FAQ: What’s the difference between a notary public and a justice of peace?

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: