A statutory declaration is a written statement that allows a person to declare something to be true.
When you make a statutory declaration, you are declaring that the statements in it are true. If you intentionally make a false statement in a declaration, you can be charged with an offence. The penalty for making a false statement in a statutory declaration is a maximum of four years imprisonment.
If you have concerns about a false statutory declaration or a false witness, contact the Australian Federal Police.
Commonwealth statutory declarations
Commonwealth statutory declarations are made on matters relating to the Commonwealth or the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), and some smaller territories. They are not used for declarations on matters relating to Australian states and territories.
A Commonwealth statutory declaration must be signed in the presence of someone who is on the list of authorised witnesses. If you are authorised to witness Commonwealth statutory declarations, you may be able to witness state or territory declarations as well, if the local law states that:
- an authorised Commonwealth witness can also witness local statutory declarations, or
- a person with your occupation or position can witness local statutory declarations.
Please click here to download a copy of a Commonwealth Statutory Declaration.