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Witnessing Statutory Declarations


On 18 September 2018, changes to the Statutory Regulations 2018 commenced which included financial planners/advisers as professionals permitted to act as authorised witnesses for a Commonwealth statutory declaration.

As an authorised witness you must ensure any Statutory Declaration you witness meets the form and content requirements that are set out in Schedule 1 of the Regulations. Practical tips for ensuring you witness a valid Statutory Declaration are detailed in the FAQ’s on the Attorney-General’s Department website – have all your questions answered including:

  • What address do I need to provide on my statutory declaration?
  • Can I make a statutory declaration in a language other than English?
  • How do I make a statutory declaration when I am not physically able to sign?
  • What information should be included in my statutory declaration?
  • Should a statutory declaration be typed or handwritten?
  • What requirements apply to attachments to statutory declarations?
  • How do I amend a statutory declaration? Are there time limits?
  • Can I draft my own statutory declaration form or make changes to the standard form?
  • What should I do if my statutory declaration goes over multiple pages?
  • What information should be included in my statutory declaration?

This is a very positive outcome for both consumers and planners, and ends a 10 year campaign by the FPA. It creates a more cost effective, efficient and appropriate mechanism for clients who need documents witnessed. It is also significant government recognition of and trust in the financial planning profession, with financial planners/advisers given equal permission as lawyers, medical practitioners and justices of the peace.

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