Before you begin
Before starting your application, make sure you have all the required information and supporting documents.
In order to register a power of attorney, you must lodge a Form 16 - Request to register power of attorney/revocation of power of attorney, together with the original power of attorney document. Upon registration, the dealing number on the label affixed to the power of attorney document will become the registered power of attorney number.
You may submit either the original power of attorney document or a copy, providing the copy is a good quality photocopy of the original that has been certified in the following manner under the provisions of s. 14 or s. 45 of the Powers of Attorney Act 1998:
- Each page, other than the last page, must be certified to the effect that the copy is a true and complete copy of the corresponding page of the original.
- The last page must be certified to the effect that the copy is a true and complete copy of the original.
- It must be certified by a person named in s. 14 or s. 45 of the Powers of Attorney Act, such as the principal (the person who is appointing the attorney), a justice of the peace, a commissioner for declarations, a notary public or an Australian lawyer.
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Deposit of supporting evidence
In some cases supporting documentation must be deposited (e.g. evidence of death of a first named attorney or a trust deed).
A copy of the document is acceptable, provided it is a good quality photocopy of the original that has been either:
- properly certified as a true copy of the original by a justice of the peace, commissioner for declarations or an Australian lawyer
- submitted in person at the time of lodgement, along with the original, at one of our Titles Registry offices or business centres. A departmental officer will compare the copy with the original, then return the original to you immediately.
Alternatively, where the evidence has been previously produced to the Titles Registry, the dealing number of the registered instrument under which the evidence has been deposited should be stated in the relevant item of the Titles Registry form.
Certification requirements for supporting evidence
If submitting a certified copy, the certification must be signed by the justice of the peace, commissioner for declarations or Australian lawyer and identify the full name and qualification/registration number of the certifying officer.
If the original document has more than 1 page, the certifying officer must either:
- certify each page
- sign or initial each page, number the pages as 1 of 40, 2 of 40 and so on (if the pages are not already numbered) and certify on the last page that 'this [number of pages]-page document (each page of which I have numbered and signed) is a true copy of the original [number of pages]-page document that I have sighted'.
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