Certificate of Good Standing

There are various kinds of certificates that can prove your business is registered and valid. One of the most popular of them for overseas use is a certificate of good standing. A certificate of good standing issued by a notary public is a document that proves a business is legally registered and able to operate in Australia.

The certificate which is notarised by the notary public using their official notary seal annexes a copy of the constitution of the company and other documents such as an up to date ASIC extract of the company and the certificate of registration of the company. An impression of a notary’s official seal for the purposes of identification is impressed on all pages of the documents annexed to the certificate of good standing registered under the Act.

An impression of a notary’s official seal for the purposes of identification is impressed on all pages of the documents annexed to the Certificate of Good Standing in Brisbane registered under the Act.

The Certificate of Good Standing also certifies the names and addresses of the directors and secretary of the Australian company.

a Certificate being stamped by a notary public

Who can request a Certificate of Good Standing?


The requests we receive are usually made by the directors of a company in Brisbane or elsewhere in Australia who wish to do business or invest overseas. Generally, the certificate may be required by a foreign bank or other lender, a foreign government department, or investors.

When do you need a Certificate of Good Standing?

A certificate of good standing may be required if the director of a company wishes to do business or invest overseas. These certificates are issued by a notary public and are used to confirm that a company is in good standing and has no legal issues outstanding. The notary public is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of information included on certificates of good standing, although it is the responsibility of the company director to confirm the correctness of the certificate of good standing.

What does a certificate of good standing include?

A certificate of good standing is evidence that your company has been properly registered in Australia and has been in continuous existence since its registration. It includes evidence that your company is:

  • Currently registered;
  • Not in liquidation;
  • Not under any form of external administration; and that
  • None of the company’s property or assets are under the control of a receiver or other external controller.

How to get a certificate of good standing

Because companies no longer register their constitutions with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), a true up to date copy of the company’s constitution must be produced to the notary public before they can complete the certificate of good standing of an Australian company.

The notary will usually ask the secretary of the company to sign a statutory declaration which annexes a copy of the company’s constitution.


How Brisbane Notary can help

The team at Brisbane Notary has decades of combined experience creating and notarizing certificates of good standing for Australian companies. Contact us today for assistance.

BRISBANE NOTARY PUBLIC - Peter Tobin

Tobin Partners | Legal Practitioner | Notary Public | Hon. Consul for Norway (QLD)