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 Word and PDF versions of the Statutory Declaration Form visit this page of the Department of Justice and Regulation's website
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 councilor of a municipality
- a person registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law to practice in the medical profession (other than as a student)
- a person registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law:
- to practice 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 practice 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 the Department of Justice and Regulation
Reviewed 13 March 2019