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Statutory declarations

A statutory declaration is a written statement that a person signs and declares to be true and correct before an authorised witness.

By signing it, you agree that the information in it is true, and you can be charged with perjury if the information is false.

Statutory declarations are used for many purposes, including:

  • to verify insurance claims
  • to prove age
  • applying for sick leave or various types of benefits

To make a statutory declaration, download and complete the statutory declaration form (below) then have it witnessed by one of the many people authorised to do so (refer to the list of authorised witnesses below). You may also obtain a copy from most court houses and police stations.

List of authorised witnesses – persons who can witness statutory declarations according to the Victorian Evidence Act 1958

Guidelines for authorised witnesses – information about the functions of an authorised witness

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Author: Department of Justice
Publisher: Department of Justice
Date of Publication: 2010
Copyright: State of Victoria, 2014


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