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A statutory declaration is a sworn or affirmed statement and is usually used where there are no court proceedings but some fact needs to be proved.
Examples of when statutory declarations might be used include:
It is an offence to lie in a statutory declaration.
The person making a statutory declaration is called the "declarant".
When you write a statutory declaration, you should include:
Once you have included these 'formal' parts, you should then write the facts that you want to declare are true. You should:
You should then make sure your statutory declaration is signed and witnessed as in the example below (but with your name and your witnesses' name instead).
For more information on what to put in a statutory declaration, see
Checklist: Writing statutory declarations.
You can get blank Statutory Declaration Forms for NSW matters on the Department of Communities and Justice website. If you are making the declaration for a Commonwealth matter or Commonwealth Government department, Commonwealth statutory declaration forms are available at the
Commonwealth Attorney General's website.