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Legal assistance

Legal assistance

If you need legal assistance, there are a number of options available to you including assistance from community organisations, government-funded services and the private sector.

Statutory declarations

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

Commissioners for Declarations

Commissioners for Declarations

Functions of a Commissioner for Declarations

Commissioners are empowered to exercise some of the ministerial functions of justices. They may witness signatures to documents and take statutory declarations but they are not authorised to administer, take or receive an oath, affidavit or affirmation or receive a complaint or issue a summons or a warrant.

Who can be a Commissioner for Declarations

The Minister may appoint persons to be commissioners for declarations. A person may also be a commissioner for declarations if that person is

(a) is authorised to practice as a member of a profession;

(b) a person listed in an employment group; or

(c) a member of a group of persons declared by the Minister to be an occupational group.

Follow this link for a complete list of people who are Commissioners for Declarations because of their professions and employment groups.

Related information

Legal Aid Commission

Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania

If you have a legal problem, or want to find out information about the law, the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania may be able to help. Legal Aid offers free advice on what you may need to do to solve your legal problem, although it does not give legal advice on all matters.

website: Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania

Legal Aid Advice Line 1300 366 611

Hobart Community Legal Service

Hobart Community Legal Service

The Hobart Community Legal Service is a community organisation whose aims are to foster community awareness of the law, to make the law more equitable and accessible to the public and to provide free legal information, advice and referral to the general public in southern Tasmania.

Website: Hobart Community Legal Service

Telephone: (03) 6223 2500

North West Community Legal Centre

North West Community Legal Centre

North West Community Legal Centre assists in the provision of legal advice, community legal education and participate in law reform. This service was established to provide advice to residents of the north west coast of Tasmania.

Phone: 03 6424 8720
Fax: 03 6424 4604
Email: info@nwclc.org.au

Women's Legal Service

Women's Legal Service

Women's Legal Service Tasmania is a free community legal service funded by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department. Whilst the Services’ office is in Hobart they provide legal services for women throughout Tasmania through the legal advice telephone line.

Legal Advice Line 1800 682 468

The Refugee Legal Service (Tasmania)

Refugee Legal Service

The Refugee Legal Service (Tasmania) provides free and confidential legal services to refugees, humanitarian entrants and asylum seekers who reside in Tasmania.

The Refugee Legal Service (Tas) is a member of Community Legal Centres Tasmania and is a registered charity.

Their advice sessions are run on a fortnightly basis, according to demand. Appointments for the sessions are necessary, and are arranged through Red Cross Tasmania and Centacare Tasmania.

For enquiries, please send email at info@rlstas.com or use the on-line form on the Contact us page.

Services for victims of crime

Services for victims of crime

The Victims of Crime Service supports people to deal with personal and practical problems associated with the impact of crime, to allow them to regain control of their lives. All services are free and confidential.

Victims of Crime services can be arranged for people in rural and remote areas.  All services are free and confidential.

Offices are located in Burnie, Hobart and Launceston and open 8.45 am - 5.00 pm Mon – Fri.  Contact numbers for each location are as follows:

  • Burnie (03) 6477 7133
  • Hobart (03) 6165 7524
  • Launceston (03) 6777 2937

For after-hours emergencies Contact the Victims of Crime Service on 1300 300 238

Related services for victims of crime

Tasmanian legislation

Tasmanian legislation

The Tasmanian Legislation website gives free public access to Tasmanian legislation.

Justice of the Peace (JP)

Justice of the Peace (JP)

There will be times when you need a JP to sign statutory declarations, affidavits and other legal documents.

To find a JP, contact the Legal Aid Commission.

Follow this link to find out more about the role of JPs.

Find a lawyer

Find a lawyer

The Law Society of Tasmania maintains a list of current lawyers and law firms which can be searched by name, locality or area of practice.

Visit the Law Society of Tasmania for more information.