Public Notaries


Public notaries




2022 Appointments


2022 applications for appointment as a public notary are now closed. 

The list of applicants to be appointed in 2022 is available.

The Notice of intention to be appointed as a public notary in 2022 is available.



Public Notaries record legal transactions for use abroad under foreign law. A notarial act is certification of authenticity.

Persons wishing to apply for the appointment of Public Notary, must satisfy the criteria set out in Part 2, Section 4 of the Public Notaries Act 2001. 

A person cannot be appointed as a public notary unless the person -

  1. is a natural person
  2. is an Australian lawyer;
  3. subject to section 5(7), has held a Principal's Practising Certificate for a period of 5 years, 
    an Australian practising certificate authorising the person to engage in legal practice 
    as a principal;
  4. has completed, to the satisfaction of the Victorian Legal Admissions Board, a course of study related to notorial practice  
     approved by the Board.

At the present time, only one institution in Victoria (The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre for Continuing Legal Education) offers a course of study which satisfies the criteria.

The legislation which governs the appointment of Public Notaries in Victoria is the Public Notaries Act 2001 and the Supreme Court (Miscellaneous Civil Proceedings) Rules 2008.

You should read the Guide for Public Notary in full before you start your application.  The guide will outline the requirements for appointment and the documentation required.


Matters of Suitability

To assist in determining what matters should be disclosed, you must read the Suitability Guidelines for Public Notaries.

Public Notary Suitability Statutory Declaration


2021 Appointments

On 25 November 2021 the Chief Justice made an order appointing the persons  in the order published on their website as public notaries.  The signatures of those persons have been affixed to the roll of public notaries and the list is available at: (External link)