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We make notary and legalisation services as PAINLESS as possible.

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The one-stop-shop for notary and legalisation services for Australians.

Whether you are in Australia or abroad, we endeavour to make the difficult and time-consuming process of notarisation and legalisation as painless as possible.

We are committed to providing document preparation, notary, and legalisation services in a professional and cost-effective manner to our valued clients.

Please contact our office prior to personally dropping off documents to set an appointment time.

How much will it cost?

Our reasonable rate enables you to have your documents notarised and legalised from as little as

*AU$300 +GST

* One document.
For each additional document to be notarised, the fee is AU$60 + GST per document.
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The 6 Easy Steps to Having Your Documents Notarised


Draft and Plan

We receive instruction, or you post the documents (if outside Australia) or come into our office for an appointment with all relevant documents and identification.

Please note: We cannot advise you on the drafting or creation of your specific documents or the requirements of countries/ or the contents of documents. You will need to research what you need first and then book in a time with us to provide the notary services.


Once you have your documents ready, you can arrange for a NAATI accredited translator, who will assist with the translation of your documents. They will invoice you direct.

Please Note: We cannot verify certain international documents (e.g. birth certificates in another language, without a NAATI translation).
Please note: We can notarise signing documents in English, an unknown language, or both English and the unknown language and will show a disclaimer stating that you are not fluent in that language.
Please note: Any translations MUST be done by a NAATI translator in order for us to assist with your translated documents.


We notarise the documents. There are 3 kinds of notarisation types to choose from. Choose from the following:

  1. Original without notarisation
  2. Original with notarisation, or
  3. Notarise true copy of original.
Please note: Have your original university documents certified by the university before submission. This means that the copies must be stamped and signed by the issuing institution.


We'll arrange for an apostille legalisation at DFAT.



We arrange for attestation at the relevant embassy or consulate to you.


Document Collection

You can collect the documents from us, or we can forward the documents to you, whatever country you may be in.

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Our Clients Say…

Professional, prompt service. I utilised Australian Notary Services to sort out some documents I required for work for the UAE. Joseph lived in the UAE and knew exactly what is required to ensure you have the correct documentation for working in the UAE. I contacted many places, and no one could help me before I found this company.

Angus M.

Joseph was knowledgeable and very efficient.  The whole process was such a breeze and his team kept me informed through the various stages.  I would use, and highly recommend, using Joseph Bannerman in the future.

Erwin H.

Highly professional and very courteous. I would happily recommend Australian Notary Services.

Oliver S.

Joseph was very easy to deal with. Highly efficient and got the job done. Highly recommended.

Charlene S.

You provided excellent service and response in getting documents notarized and sent back to my office. Kept me informed of progress through the various stages. Overall efficacy of the entire process exceeded my expectations. I would recommend them to anyone requiring this type of service.

James N.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need to see a Notary Public?

In order to use certain documents in a jurisdiction outside Australia, you may be required to have such documents legalised for use in that country. The rationale behind this is that individuals, organisations, and government authorities want to know that a document or signature is authentic and when a document comes from another country, they may want an international certification. This is where a notary public comes in. Notary publics have the authority to authenticate and witness documents and signatures on documents. Further steps in the legalisation process shall need to be carried out in order for the document to be used outside Australia.

What is a notary public?

A notary public, or notary, is a public officer, usually appointed by a State or Territory Supreme Court, and given statutory powers to witness documents, administer oaths, and perform other legal functions of a national and international nature.

A Justice of the Peace or solicitor in Australia may provide similar services, with the clear distinction that they are not allowed to witness documents for use in foreign countries. Notaries have this exclusive right and are the only true international solicitor in Australia.

All Notaries’ seals and signatures must be officially recorded in a data base held by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), who is authorised to issue apostille or authentication certificates certifying that the signatures, seals, or stamps of Notaries on documents are authentic.

In order to apply to be a New South Wales Notary Public, you must be a New South Wales Lawyer with at least 5 years of experience and have completed the prescribed Notarial Practice Course. The applicant may then apply to the Legal Profession Admission Board (the Board). Upon appointment, the name of the notary is entered on the Roll of Public Notaries maintained by the Board.

What are the usual steps involved in legalisation of documents?

  1. We receive instruction to draft documents, or you post the documents (if outside Australia) or come into our office for an appointment with all relevant documents and identification.
  2. If required we can assist with the translation of documents.
  3. We notarise the documents.
  4. We arrange for an apostille certificate or legalisation at DFAT.
  5. We arrange for attestation at the relevant embassy or consulate; and
  6. You collect the documents from us, or we can forward the documents to you, whatever country you may be in.

Will other fees apply in addition to the notary fees?

Yes. Other fees shall apply for payment of:

  1. Postage or courier fees
  2. Fees to DFAT
  3. Consular fees to the relevant embassy or consulate
  4. Additional legalisation requirements that may be required in the country of use.

In order to give you a fee estimate, many things need to be considered such as:

  1. Urgency requirements
  2. Drafting requirements
  3. Level of legalisation required
  4. Varying consular fees payable to relevant consulate or embassy.

Once we have received your enquiry, we shall be able to give you an estimate of the total fees and disbursements required for legalisation of your documents.

Note that we shall also endeavour to give you an estimate of the additional legalisation requirements that may be required in the country of use. However, this will only be a rough estimate at best, as different countries have different requirements which are subject to frequent change. Although, you may find in many circumstances that the person, organisation, or government authority requiring the document may agree to bear the costs of further legalisation required in that country.

What is the difference between notarising documents for individuals and companies?

If a document is to be signed by an individual and witnessed by a notary public, the notary public shall need to verify the identification of the individual. This is a simple matter of the individual bringing 100 points of identification (such as a current driver’s licence or passport) to the appointment. Please note that the notary shall require you to bring in original identification documents and it is at the sole discretion of the notary as to whether they accept the identification.

If the document is to be signed by an authorised representative of a company, the authorised representative shall need to bring 100 points of identification and also documentation evidencing that that they are authorised to sign documents on behalf of the company. It is up to the notary to determine whether the evidence given is sufficient, and the notary may refuse to attest the signature of the authorised signatory in the event that they are not satisfied.

Please be aware the notary shall need to make and keep copies of the identification and authority documents for our records.

Need help?

Any issues or questions?

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Your Notary Specialists

Our specialist team appreciates the unique and complex aspects of each legal issue involved in attestation and notarisation.

Matthew Jenkins

Partner and Public Notary

Joseph Bannerman

Partner and Public Notary

Adele Saunders

Notary Assistant