General Notice-Consular - Notarial Acts - Working Hours
Notarial services appointments are available from 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm on Wednesdays and Friday only.
Some Australian Federal and State laws require that a signature on a document be witnessed by an Australian Consular Officer or have other procedures applied before the document can be used for legal purposes, or in an Australian court of law. Solicitors, justices of the peace, and notaries public normally perform these functions in Australia. It is possible for solicitors, justices of the peace or public notaries in Sri Lanka to also perform these services. You should always clarify with the receiving authority whether local witnesses are acceptable.
Notarial services are provided by Consular Officers for Australians. They are also provided in cases where the documents are Australian in origin, or are intended for use in Australia, or have been requested by an Australian Federal, State or Local Government authority. We are unable to provide notarial services related to visa or migration, please refer to our Visas and migration page of our website for further information.
Consular staff cannot provide advice on specific legal requirements, including what documents need to be signed or certified. Papers should be presented to officers in an ordered fashion and clear instructions should be given on your particular requirements. If you are unsure of the legislative requirements relating to witnessing signatures on a particular document, you should seek independent legal advice.
Please note, by witnessing a signature on a document, neither the Australian Government nor the Australian High Commission guarantees the legal effectiveness of the document or the accuracy of its contents.
Below is a summary of what services we can provide. For more detailed information, please visit:
Fees for Notarial Services
Fees are charged for all services. For information on the fee schedule see www.smartraveller.gov.au/services/legalising-documents-overseas.html
Payment method for Notarials is by credit or debit cards (visa/master cards) only. Cash payments are not accepted.
List of things Notarial clients need to bring when attending for Notarial:
- Identification documents (passport and drivers licence)
- Valid Visa/Master Debit or Credit cards only for payment
- Original documents (to certify or witness)
In order to ensure all statutory requirements are met prior to lodgement, we recommend that you phone and consult our office or check our website (www.smartraveller.gov.au)