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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.

Statutory declaration forms

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.

Statutory declaration form for downloaded documents

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.

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