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Statutory Declaration

Release date: Fri 13 May 2005

Last updated: Mon 16 December 2013

A statutory declaration is a written statement that a person (the declarant) signs and declares to be true and correct in the presence of an authorised witness.

As part of making a statutory declaration, it is usual for the declarant to repeat the following words in the presence of the authorised witness: "I solemnly and sincerely declare that the contents of this declaration are true and correct and that this declaration is signed with my true name and signature".

A statutory declaration must also contain a written acknowledgment by the declarant that it is true and correct and is made in the belief that a person making a false declaration is liable to the penalties of perjury.

List of persons who may witness Statutory Declarations in Victoria

  • a justice of the peace or a bail justice;
  • an Australian lawyer (within the meaning of the Legal Profession Act 2004) or a clerk to an Australian lawyer;
  • a member of the police force;
  • the sheriff or a deputy sheriff;
  • a councillor of a municipality;
  • a person registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law to practise in the medical profession (other than as a student);
  • a person registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law:
  • - to practise in the dental profession as a dentist (other than as a student); and
    - in the dentists division of that profession;
  • a veterinary practitioner;
  • a person registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law to practise in the pharmacy profession (other than as a student);
  • a principal in the teaching service;
  • a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia or the Australian Society of Accountants or the Institute of Public Accountants;
  • a minister of religion authorised to celebrate marriages.


For a sample Statutory Declaration form and a full list of persons who may witness a Statutory Declaration please visit www.justice.vic.gov.au
 

 
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