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Commonwealth & State Statutory Declarations Guidelines

Paul December 15, 2019

In Australia each of the States, Territories and Commonwealth have there own legislation as to the specific requirements for Statutory Declarations. This is for both the declaration to said out loud and also the type of document to be used.

The wording is similar however it is best to check the requirements for each before hand to ensure that you have the correct understand of both the specific jurisdiction and the needs of the receiving body for the documents and their requirements, e.g. Victoria has as of the 1st January 2020 legislated that both the wording declared by the deponent and the form to be used are prescribed and must be used so as to have them processed by an authorised witness.

As a guide the ‘Department of Justice’ is a good starting point for researching and checking the regulations as to the wording required in each state.

Here are some useful links for reference:
* Australian Capital Territory Department Of Justice: http://www.justice.act.gov.au/
* Commonwealth Department Of Justice: https://www.ag.gov.au/
* N.S.W Department Of Justice: https://www.justice.nsw.gov.au/ 
* Northern Territory Department of Justice: https://justice.nt.gov.au/
* Queensland Department Of Justice: https://www.justice.qld.gov.au/
* South Australia Department Of Justice: https://www.agd.sa.gov.au/
* Tasmania Department Of Justice: https://www.justice.tas.gov.au/
* Victoria Department Of Justice: http://www.justice.vic.gov.au/
* Western Australia Department Of Justice: http://www.justice.wa.gov.au/

Hint: Quick search for Justices of Peace and then ‘Statutory Declarations’ is often a good alternative approach.