Making a statutory declaration
You make a statutory declaration when you need to confirm that something is true.
A statutory declaration is a written document that must be completed in front of an authorised witness. You may be given a declaration form to fill in or you can write it yourself.
It's your responsibility to make sure your declaration is correct and meets all the necessary legal requirements. It's a crime to make a false declaration.
You can download a declaration form as a PDF or text file and type in the details of your declaration. You need to print the form and sign it in front of a witness.
Getting a statutory declaration witnessed
Before you sign the form and fill in the date and place, you need to find an authorised witness.
Who can be a witness
Only some people can witness a statutory declaration. These include:
- a Justice of the Peace (JP)
- a solicitor or notary public — you may have to pay for their services
- a Registrar or Deputy Registrar of the District Court or the High Court, or
- authorised staff in some government agencies.