Looking for a Brisbane Notary Public
without travelling into Brisbane City?
Notary Services Queensland are based in
the Brisbane South area of Springwood are easily accessible via the MI
What is a Notary Public?
If you need a Notary Public in Brisbane then we can
A definition of a Notary: ".... a notary is a practising
lawyer who holds a unique public office of trust and fidelity, and who, among other things,
has the internationally recognised power and authority to prepare certicates of Australian
law, and deeds and other instruments of all kinds, authenticated by his or her signature and
official seal in a manner which renders them acceptable to the judical or other public
authorities in the countries in which they are produced."
p37 Principles of Notarial Practice, Peter Zablud, Notary Public 2005
- Psophidian Press.
In short if you need a document to be witnessed or certified for use overseas
then you need the services of a Notary Public. Commissioners of Declarations, Justices of the Peace and
solicitors cannot fulfill the function of a Notary Public.
LEGALISATION AND APOSTILLE
In most cases following a Notarial act (see
Notary Services) your document/s will have to be either legalised or you will need to obtain an
Apostille Certificate in order for the documents to have full legal effect in the country they are to be
The Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign
Public Documents (Hague Apostille Convention) facilitates the circulation of public documents executed in a
member State to the Convention and to be produced in another member State to the Convention. The Convention does
so by replacing the cumbersome and often costly formalities of a full legalisation process with the issue of an
Apostille (also called Apostille Certificate or Certificate). The Hague Apostille Convention only applies as
between States who are parties to the Convention.
Click here to view the official format of an Apostille Certificate.
Where a country is not a member of the Convention an
Authentication will have to be obtained from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Australian Embassies,
High Commissions, Consulates and/or Consulate-General’s offices. You should make enquiries with the country
where the document is to be used to ascertain the steps involved in legalisation for that particular country.
We can give you advice in that regard.