What is a Statutory Declaration?
A Statutory Declaration is a written statement that a person signs and declares to be true and correct before an authorised witness.
By signing a Statutory Declaration, an individual is declaring that the information in the Statutory Declaration is true and correct. An individual who makes a false declaration can be charged with perjury.
Statutory Declarations do not need to be in a prescribed form. However, under the section 107A of the Evidence (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1958 (as of 1 January 2010), a statutory declaration must contain the following elements:
- It must contain an acknowledgement 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.
- It must be signed by the person making it, in the presence of a person who is authorised to witness the signing of a statutory declaration.
Statutory Declarations are used for many purposes, including:
- To prove age
- To verify insurance claims
- Applying for sick leave or various types of benefits
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- Bring the completed, but unsigned, Statutory Declaration;
- Bring photographic identity eg Driver’s Licence; Working with Children Card; Passport