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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, complete the online statutory declaration form and print it out, or download and complete the Word or PDF 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 registries 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

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.

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.

Justices of the Peace

Justice of the Peace


A Justice of the Peace (JP) acts as an independent and objective witness to documents people use for official or legal purposes.

When contacting a JP, please note JPs are volunteers who provide their services to the community free of charge. While JPs make themselves available as much as possible, it should be remembered that they have the same type of work and personal commitments as any other person. As such, you will need to discuss a mutually acceptable time and place for an appointment.

What a JP can witness

A JP can:

  • certify a true copy of an original document
  • certify a person's identity
  • witness an affidavit for use in court
  • witness a statutory declaration
  • witness the signing of a document

Where to find a JP

You can find a JP at

  • a document witnessing centre below
  • or you can search using our Find a JP function

If you are contacting a JP

  • Contact the JP at a reasonable time.
  • If possible, contact a JP who is close to where you would like to meet.
  • If possible, provide a reasonable time to enable the JP to provide the service.
  • Ask the JP where and when they are available to provide the service.  Don’t assume the JP will come to your location.
  • Tell the JP what the service(s) is that you require.  Ensure the JP knows the amount and complexity of the service.
  • Have all the documents ready for the JP, but do not sign them before meeting the JP.
  • If you need copies of original documents signed, ensure you take the relevant and required number of copies of the originals with you when you see the JP.  If the document is on a portable device like a laptop or mobile phone, make sure you have hardcopies of the document. It is not the JP’s responsibility to arrange copies for you.
  • Ensure you have personal identification documents with you.
  • A JP may not agree to provide the service.  Other JPs are available on the Find a JP web page.
  • Be mindful that JPs do not provide legal advice.
  • A JP cannot accept any payment or other benefit from providing the service.

Document witnessing centres

Hobart Service Tasmania, 134 Macquarie Street Thursday and Friday 10am - 2pm
Glenorchy Council Offices, 374 Main Road Monday 10am - 2pm
Rosny Service Tasmania, Bligh Street Tuesday 9.30am - 4pm
Kingston Civic Centre, 15 Channel Highway Wednesday 10am - 2pm
LauncestonCH Smith Building, 23 Charles StreetMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday10am - 3pm

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