Australian Permanent Mission and Consulate-General
Switzerland, Liechtenstein

Witnessing Signatures

Witnessing Signatures

In order for a consular Officer to witness your signature please read the forms carefully and verify who can be witnessing officer.

Consular or Diplomatic officers are authorised under the Oaths Act 1900, Consular Fees Act 1955 or Statutory Declarations Act of 1959.

If these professions are not listed as authorised officers to witness your signature, you may want to contact the office, which will be receiving your documents and confirm that you are overseas and do not have access to the same range of authorised officers as in Australia.

Witnessing the Execution of a Will

On 10 March 2015, Australia acceded to the Convention Providing a Uniform Law on the Form of an International Will 1973 (International Will Convention). All Australian states and territories have passed legislation to give effect to the convention. International Wills cannot be witnessed by Australian consular or diplomatic officers. An International Will drawn up in Australia must be witnessed by an Australian legal practitioner or Australian Notary Public. To create one overseas, it must be drawn up under the laws of the foreign country. Australian missions overseas can provide a list of local English speaking lawyers.

This service can ONLY be provided in-person, by appointment.