Australian Notary Services Articles

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Notarisation – Why is it necessary

Notarisation is an important part of society as it allows individuals and companies alike to conduct personal and professional transactions. You may ask for some examples as to why notarisation (and further attestation if applicable) is necessary. On a personal note, you may seek to work overseas. If this is the case, you may need […]

What is meant by a Genuine Electronic Original document?

A genuine electronic original document (GEO) is a document where its original format is mostly found online in a PDF format. In other words, it is not a document that was originally a hard copy. As a by-product of the age we live in, it is not uncommon for institutions to issue GEOs. Examples of […]

Using Technology to Witness Documents During the Pandemic

As of 22 April 2020, video conferencing technology can be used in the witnessing of important legal documents under amendments made to the Electronic Transactions Regulation 2017 (NSW) (Regulation) by the Electronic Transactions Amendment (COVID-19 Witnessing of Documents) Regulation 2020 (NSW). What technology or service can I use? Technology, referred to as “audio visual link”, which can be used […]

Cutting Corners with Notarisation can get you in BIG Trouble!

We have encountered situations where a public notary has cut corners, often involving certifying on the basis of copy documents, without having seen the original documents. Typically, this is presented as a way of providing a more convenient and lower cost service.In reality, it represents a sub-standard service, which can cause problems for the client […]

Education Documents for Qatar

If you are planning to move to Qatar for an expat stint, you may need to get your qualifications attested for use in Qatar. This will require the documents to be notarised by a Public Notary, authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and then attested by the Qatar Embassy. One thing […]

Online Verification for Education Documents

Due to increased occurrences of fraud, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) have tightened their policies regarding authentication of education documents. DFAT will no longer authenticate a notarial certificate that simply certifies that an education document is a true copy of an original. DFAT now require the notarial certificate contain online or […]

Moving overseas to live the expat dream?

Are you planning on travelling abroad to live the expat dream?  If so, are you aware that you may need to have certain documents legalised for use in the country you are moving to?  For instance, if you are married and moving to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with your spouse, you should take a […]