List of Notaries

Name Firm Location Telephone
Mr S B Carter Hobart 0417 390 149
Mr R G Cann C/- Cann Legal Ulverstone 6425 3334
Mr Peter Dixon 4 Ramsay St, Newstead Launceston 0407 145645
Mr Ian L Hallett Hobart 0428 623 426
Mr Dayne Johnson HWL Ebsworth Hobart 03 6210 6227
Ms Kate Moss Worrall Moss Martin Lawyers Hobart 03 6223 8899
Mr Aziz Gregory (Greg) Melick AO RFD SC Hobart 0439 022 988
Mr Zenia Samec Burnie 0408 563 866
Mr Peter Worrall Peter Worrall Hobart 0438 238 899
Mr D M Whitehouse C/- Murdoch Clarke Hobart 03 6235 9311

1. What is a Notarial Act?

A “Notarial Act” is anything undertaken by a Notary Public (including witnessing signatures to documents) in their capacity as a Notary.

2. How are Notaries appointed?

Notaries in Tasmania:

  • have either been appointed by the Supreme Court of Tasmania under the provisions of the Notaries Public Act 1990 [available at the website]; or
  • were an historical appointment by the Archbishop of Canterbury prior to 1990, and who are by virtue of Section 4 of the Notaries Public Act 1990 deemed to be appointed as Notaries in Tasmania.

3. Do Notaries have other occupations?
All Notaries in Tasmania are senior Lawyers.

4. What is the most common function that a Notary undertakes?
The most common function they undertake is to Notarise documents, or complete Notarial Certificates of documents that are required in foreign countries.

5. Why does a Notary have a Notarial Seal?
Each Notary Public has an official Notarial Seal. This seal is in a form that is unique to each Notary. The Seal is used by the Notary in completing the notarising (execution, witnessing or certification) of documents.

6. What does a Notary Public have capacity to do?
A Notary Public has the legal capacity:

  • to attest deeds, contracts and other instruments that are to be used in most countries outside Australia;
  •  to give a “Certificate of Due Execution” of documents. This Certificate, if duly authenticated by the Notary’s signature and official Notarial Seal, is accepted in all countries where Notarial Acts are recognised, as proof of the acts done in the Notary’s presence and attested by the Notary;
  •  to draw up “Ship’s protests” or other formal papers relating to occurrences on ship’s voyages and navigation of ships as well as the carriage of cargo in ships; and
  •  the capacity to attest some other documents under specific legislation for use in the States and Territories, and the Commonwealth of Australia.

7. Does a Notary keep records?
A Notary Public is required to keep and maintain a Notarial Register of all Notarial Acts.

8. Does a Notary charge for their services?
A Notary is entitled to, and usually does, charge fees for undertaking all Notarial Acts. There is no set charges or fees. Notaries in Tasmania usually charge at rates equivalent to their usual hourly commercial charge for the time involved.

9. Is a Notary the same as a Justice of the Peace or a Commissioner for Declarations?
A Notary Public is not a Justice of the Peace or a Commissioner for Declarations. The positions of Justice of the Peace and Commissioner for Declarations are positions in the law, created for, amongst other things, witnessing Tasmanian state based documents.

If a person requires a Justice of the Peace or a Commissioner for Declarations in their local area, information is available by phoning the Legal Aid Commission, Telephone Advice Line, on (03) 1300 366 611.

10. Who are Notaries in Tasmania?
Tasmanian Legal Resources has a link to a list of current Notaries Public and their contact details.

These notes are only a brief outline of the roles and functions of a Notary Public in Tasmania. For advice in relation to specific matters contact should be made with a Notary.

These notes have been prepared by Peter Worrall, Notary Public. © Peter Worrall