List of Notaries

Information about notary publics, and a list of notary publics in Tasmania is found below.

  • Mr Simon B Carter – 0417 390 149
  • Mr Ian L Hallett – 0428 623 426
  • Mr Dayne Johnson – HWL Ebsworth – (03) 6210 6227
  • Ms Kate Moss – WMM Law – (03) 6223 8899
  • Mr Aziz Gregory (Greg) Melick AO RFD SC – 0439 022 988
  • Mr Peter Worrall – Peter Worrall – 0438 238 899
  • Mr David M Whitehouse – Murdoch Clarke – (03) 6235 9311
  • Mr Peter Dixon – 4 Ramsay St, Newstead – 0407 145645
  • Mr Roger G Cann – Cann Legal, Ulverstone – (03) 6425 3334
  • Mr Zenia Samec – Burnie – 0408 563 866

A notary public (also referred to as a public notary or notary) is a public officer, usually a practicing solicitor, appointed for life by State/Territory Supreme Courts (except in Queensland where they are still appointed by an English Archbishop). On their appointment they are given statutory powers to witness documents, administer oaths and provide other wide-ranging administrative functions of a national and international nature.

Notary Publics in Tasmania
Most Australian notaries public are lawyers. In Tasmania, with a population of approximately half a million, there are 10 notary publics currently listed on the Roll. The majority are based in the south of the State – seven in Hobart, two in Launceston and one in Burnie. See the lists above.

The Notaries Public Act 1990, which was commenced on 1 March 1993, provides for the appointment, enrolment and discipline of notaries public in Tasmania. The Supreme Court is responsible for assessing and appointing notaries public.

Difference between a Justice of the Peace and a Notary Public
While Justices of the Peace can witness documents and administer oaths in Australia, notaries public have the exclusive right to do the same for international documents for use outside Australia.

The following list of information has been prepared by Peter Worrall, Notary Public. © Peter Worrall

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

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.

All Notaries in Tasmania are senior lawyers.

The most common function they undertake is to Notarise documents, or complete Notarial Certificates of documents that are required in foreign countries.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 1300 366 611 or on the Department of Justice’s website, here.