Release date: Fri 13 May 2005
Last updated: Wed 31 December 2014
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.
For a Word version of the Statutory Declaration Form visit http://www.justice.vic.gov.au/home/justice+system/legal+assistance/statutory+declarations/index.html
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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