Notarial services include services such as authenticating a document, certifying a copy of a document, witnessing a signature on a document or issuing a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage. By providing a notarial service, the Australian government is not endorsing, verify or making any statement as to the accuracy, truth, legality or otherwise of the contents of the document or the purposes for which the document may be used.
For more information on notarial services please visit http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/services/legalising-documents.html.
The High Commission offers notarial services Monday to Friday from 1330 to 1600. Consular fees and the High Commission’s bank details are available here. Please contact the High Commission for the correct quote for the services you require. The High Commission in governed by the Consular Fees Act 1955 and fees charged are stipulated therein.
Honorary Consuls cannot perform any notarial services, however in some circumstances they may undertake preliminary activities to assist. Please contact your Honorary Consul or the High Commission for advice on notarial services.
Common Notarial Services
Certification of Documents
Certification of documents is when the an Australian High Commission Official makes copies of the original document, which are then stamped and certified as true copies. Certification can only be done when the original documents are presented to the AHC.
An Australian High Commission Official can witness a client's signature on a document and step the document with the High Commission's seal. This does not include witnessing signatures on passport applications.
Certificates of No Impediment to Marriage
Certificates of No Impediment to Marriage are required in some countries to allow Australian citizens to marry in that country. Once relevant documentation is provided, the High Commission will produce the certificate. Wording on the certificate cannot be changed.
Statutory Declarations and Affidavits
A statutory declaration is a solemn declaration of fact or belief, and may generally be made in relation to any matter. An affidavit is used to give evidence in court proceedings, while a statutory declaration is used to give evidence in most other circumstances. Both can be witnessed by Australian High Commission Officials.
Authentication of Documents
Documents originating or executed in Australia, whether private or public, are often required to be authenticated or legalised before they can be used or relied on in a foreign jurisdiction. Authenticating a document means verifying the signature and/or seal which appears on a document, and making a statement on the document to that effect. Only Australian signatures can be authenticated by the Australian High Commission. The most common documents brought in for authentication include Australian birth certificates, divorce documents, driver’s licences, educational certificates and marriage certificates.