Public Notaries Act 1997 – Section 12 – Fees for Notarial Work

Section 12 of the Public Notaries Act 1997 (NSW) establishes the right of the Society of Notaries to prepare and publish a “scale of indicative fees”. This scale of fees acts as a “guide to the fees” that the Society “considers are fair and reasonable fees for the performance of notarial work.”

The scale acts as a cap on the maximum fees that a Notary Public can charge for notarial work performed for a client. It can be amended as and when the Society sees fit, so that the fees reflect a realistic scale of costs for work done. Any changes will take effect upon the amendments having been published I the Government Gazette.

Notaries Public can indeed charge at a lesser rate, either to compete with other Notaries practicing in the same region, or for whatever other reason, but they are not permitted to charge at a rate higher than what is contained in the scale as in force at the time that the notarial work was completed.

The scale of fees can ordinarily also be found on the website of the Society of Notaries of New South Wales Incorporated, and takes the form of a schedule which lists the maximum costs associated with various notarial acts.

Sydney notarial services (mobile in CBD, Broadway and surrounds) can be provided to meet a business’ demands, such as the witnessing of agreements, the authentication of documents, the taking of declarations, as well as the production of other notarial acts which are intended to be used by overseas authorities, non-government organisations (NGO) or other private institutions based outside the Commonwealth of Australia. If you are looking for a Notary Public in Sydney, we look forward to hearing from you.

The explanatory information published here is based on reprint No. 1 (9 May 2006) of the Public Notaries Act 1997 (NSW) as in force at 17 July 2009. This short article is published for general knowledge purposes only and is under no circumstances to be treated as legal advice. This short article is copyright to the writer.