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:
- the approved form as observed by an approved witness in-person
- the approved form as observed by an approved witness remotely using video link (such as over Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype or Facetime)
- myGov and your Digital Identity
You can choose whichever way you prefer. Each one creates an equally valid Commonwealth statutory declaration.
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:
Learn how to complete this form on making a Commonwealth statutory declaration with a witness.
Create a digital Commonwealth statutory declaration using myGov
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...
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.
What to know if you have asked or required someone to complete a statutory declaration and addressing concerns.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for general information or assistance with Commonwealth statutory declarations. You will need to allow up to 28 days for a response.