About Notary Services

Steeped in history, dating back to Roman times, the Notary Public is a highly respected and trusted position, providing a very practical and contemporary service today, for those with international business and legal matters.

What is a Notary Public?

In Roman times, the notary, from the Latin ‘notarius’ was a title and role given to high government officials. In 1279 the Pope gave authorisation for the Archbishop of Canterbury to appoint notaries, and in 1533 the King of England was given this power. The King passed this power to the Archbishop and the British Government created a Court of Faculties under the Archbishop of Canterbury to carry out this task.

While other states differ, Queensland maintains this historic link with Notaries appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury through the Court of Faculties. In practical terms, practising solicitors and lawyers apply to the Court of Faculties in Britain and after a thorough verification process, are appointed as a Notary, Notary Public or Public Notary. A position of the highest trust.

They are given their official seal, which they impress on documents with their signature, as proof that the documents have been witnessed, certified or notarised by them, in person. The seal and signature is registered with the state Supreme Court.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) maintains a database of all seals of signatures of Notaries in Australia.

Not all solicitors and lawyers are Notaries but Notaries must first be senior practising solicitors and meet other stringent requirements.

The role is different from a Justice of the Peace (JP) as the JP is not authorised to witness documents for international use.

The Notary is a public officer with the authority to primarily:

  • Witness signatures for documents which are required for overseas use in other countries, including affidavits, powers of attorney, statutory declarations, contracts.
  • Certify that copies of documents are legitimate and valid
  • Prepares and certifies wills, deeds, contracts, powers of attorney, contracts for both Australian and international use.
  • Administer oaths and verifies documents for both international and Australian documents
  • Exemplifies official documents for use overseas
  • Notes and protests bills of exchange and prepares ship’s protests.

Our Notary Services

Peter Tobin and John McLaughlin provide a full range of Notary services and welcome your call to discuss your individual requirements.

Administer Oaths

Business and Legal Notary Services

We provide services in regard to certification for Australian companies in business dealings overseas, including Certificates of Good Standing, preparation of Power of Attorney and certification of registration of your Australian company.

For both business and personal legal matters, we provide notary services in regard to property law, divorce law and probate law where you may require documents for use overseas.

Witnessing Documents for International Use

In order to witness your signature or attest to your identity, you must meet with Peter or John in person.

When you make your appointment you will be told what identifying documents you will need to bring to the meeting.


Notary services may be charged by the hour or at a fixed rate, depending on the service required.

Contact Peter or John for a quote on your Notary services.