Do you provide these services from anywhere else in the UK?
No - unfortunately these services are only available from the High Commission in London. Unless you need us to witness you sign a document, you may wish to use our postal service.
The form says I can use a JP or police officer but I can't find one who is willing to do this in the UK, what can I do?
Generally the guidance about who can witness or legalise a document is provided with the assumption you are in Australia, where police and JP's are commonly used for these services. This is not the case in the UK or once you are overseas.
I've been told I need to get this done by the High Commission, is there someone else I can use?
Some organisations - such as your bank or a Government agency - will stipulate that you must use an Australian Embassy or High Commission if you are overseas. We would recommend you go back to whoever is requesting you get your documents legalised and ask who they will or won't accept. Some agencies may accept a local solicitor or notary public to perform these services.
I've been asked to get you to verify my ID, what documents do I need to bring into you?
We can not advise you on what documents you may need to provide. If you have questions about what is required you need to seek clarification from the agency who is requesting that you have this done.
Why does this cost money when I can get it for free in Australia?
The charges for the overseas provision of these services is set by the Consular Fees Act 1955.
Why can't consular staff provide guidance and advice on the notarial services I require?
If you choose to use consular staff as your witness or certifier you must ensure that documents relating to the notarial services you require from the Australian Government/Embassy/Consulate, are presented in the correct form and that you provide the correct instructions for the notarial service you require. If you are unsure of the legislative requirements relating to the notarial service you require, you should seek independent legal advice. Please note that neither the Australian Government nor the High Commission in London guarantees the legal effectiveness of the notarised document or the accuracy of its content. Fees paid for notarial services are non-refundable.