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Commissioners for Declarations

Functions of a Commissioner for Declarations (CDs)

Commissioners serve the public by signing documents that need a qualified witness. Although the role of a CD is purely administrative, Commissioners are empowered to exercise some of the ministerial functions of justices.

A CD can:

  • witness signatures to documents
  • certify a true copy of an original document (subject to any specific instructions)
  • witness a statutory declaration

A CD cannot:

  • issue summons or warrants
  • take or receive an oath, affidavit or affirmation
  • receive a complaint

Who can be a Commissioner for Declarations

The Minister may appoint persons to be CDs. A person may also be a CD if that person is:

(a) 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.

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