A statutory declaration is a written statement of fact or belief. The person declaring the statement acknowledges that it is true and correct. Learn more about statutory declarations (Attorney-General's Department).
Consular staff can only witness Australian Statutory Declarations for use in Australia, not overseas.
Be aware that you may not need DFAT to witness your signature. In many cases, you can find someone else locally to witness it for you. Ask the receiving authority in Australia who else can witness it for you. We do not witness signatures on overseas documents. Ask local authorities who can witness for you or seek legal advice.
There are 2 types of statutory declarations (or stat decs):
- Commonwealth - more information and the form can be found Statutory Declarations
- State and Territory - To get a statutory declaration for your state or territory, search online for statutory declarations in your state or territory or the Department of Justice or Attorney-General in your state or territory
Is an Appointment required?
An appointment to attend in person is required for a statutory declaration. Please see our notarial appointment page. You will be asked to provide a scanned copy of your documents and the instructions from the requesting/receiving authority to allow us to prepare for your appointment.
What to bring to your appointment?
- Your passport.
- Photo identification
- Completed statutory declaration form but DO NOT sign before your appointment
- Your credit/debit card for payment Fees - Passport and Notarial Services