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Statutory declarations

Important update

Updated: 12 February 2024


You can now use myGov to create a digital Commonwealth statutory declaration, using your Digital Identity in place of a witness. 

Find out more about digital Commonwealth statutory declarations.

You can still complete a Commonwealth statutory declaration the way you always have, with a witness, if you wish.

About statutory declarations

A statutory declaration (also known as a stat dec) is a type of legal document that sets out facts that you declare to be true and accurate.

Statutory declarations can be used for many purposes and can be requested by a person, organisation or government agency.

Some common uses for statutory declarations include:

  • visa applications
  • insurance claims
  • superannuation claims
  • employment and leave applications
  • legal evidence.

If you make a false statement on purpose, you can be charged with an offence.

The Commonwealth, states and territories all have different statutory declaration requirements
We can only provide information about Commonwealth statutory declarations.

Ways to make a Commonwealth statutory declaration

There are now 3 ways to make a Commonwealth statutory declaration. You can use:

You can choose whichever way you prefer. Each one creates an equally valid Commonwealth statutory declaration.

Find out more on about Commonwealth statutory declarations

Download a Commonwealth statutory declaration to be observed by an approved witness

Download the form to make a Commonwealth statutory declaration with a witness, either in-person or remotely via video link:

Download a Commonwealth statutory declaration form – to be made with a witness

Learn how to complete this form on making a Commonwealth statutory declaration with a witness.

Create a digital Commonwealth statutory declaration using myGov

Visit myGov to create a digital Commonwealth statutory declaration

You do not need a witness for a digital Commonwealth statutory declaration, but you will need a Digital Identity to verify your identity.

Learn more about making a digital Commonwealth statutory declaration.

In this section...

About Commonwealth statutory declarations

What to know about how to complete a Commonwealth statutory declaration, digital Commonwealth statutory declarations, what form you can use, and who can witness it.

Information for witnesses

Tips on how to fulfil your role as witness.

Accepting a Commonwealth statutory declaration

What to know if you have asked or required someone to complete a statutory declaration and addressing concerns.

Modernising document execution

New changes and consultations related to Commonwealth statutory declarations.

Get help 

This page contains general information about Commonwealth statutory declarations, including what you can use them for and how to complete or witness one. 

We cannot provide information about the specific contents of a statutory declaration. You should direct such questions to the person or organisation that has asked you to complete the statutory declaration. 

Email statdec@ag.gov.au for general information or assistance with Commonwealth statutory declarations. You will need to allow up to 28 days for a response.