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Statutory declarations

A statutory declaration is a written statement that a person signs and declares to be true and correct before an authorised witness.

By signing it, you agree that the information in it is true, and you can be charged with perjury if the information is false.

Statutory declarations are used for many purposes, including:

  • to verify insurance claims
  • to prove age
  • applying for sick leave or various types of benefits

To make a statutory declaration, download and complete the statutory declaration form (below) then have it witnessed by one of the many people authorised to do so (refer to the list of authorised witnesses below). You may also obtain a copy from most court houses and police stations.

List of Commissioners for Declarations – persons who can witness statutory declarations according to the Evidence Act 2001

Guidelines for Commissioners for Declarations – information about the functions of an authorised witness

Download the statutory declaration