Certifying copies or witnessing signatures by Australia Post licensees           

Australia Post has a policy of charging a fee of $4.95 for each signature witnessed, and for each document certified as being a true copy of the original.

These functions of a JP may sometimes be performed by Australia Post licensees, depending on the nature of the document and/or the policies of the organisation which requires it.

When an Australia Post licensee applies the fee, they are not doing so as a NSW JP.

The Code of Conduct for JPs in NSW requires that a JP must not charge a fee or accept a gift when providing services as a JP. Please refer to our information on feedback about JPs if you wish to raise a complaint about a JP charging a fee.

It is up to individual organisations whether or not they will accept a document that has been certified as a true copy by an Australia Post licensee.

Australia Post licensees may also be able to witness a signature on a document in certain circumstances.

For example, an ‘Agent of the Australian Postal Corporation who is in charge of an office supplying postal services to the public’ is authorised to witness a Commonwealth statutory declaration that is made under the Statutory Declarations Act 1959 (Cth).

However an Australia Post licensee is not authorised to witness a NSW statutory declaration that is made under the Oaths Act 1900 (NSW).