Legal Documents

Statutory Declaration

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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