Australian Statutory Declaration while Overseas.


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Who can sign an Australian Statutory Declaration while overseas?

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) provides notarial services overseas, through Australian embassies and consulates.
www.smartraveller.gov.au/consular-services/notarial-services/documents-overseas

Before using a notary public overseas, you should check the person has been appointed by a government to witness documents.

Who can witness your statutory declaration?

If you are not in Australia, you will need to find an approved witness overseas.

Your approved witness can be a:

  • family member
  • friend
  • person related to the content in your statement

But you should check with the person that asked for the declaration if they will accept it.


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You cannot witness your own statutory declaration, even if you are an approved witness.

If you need to get a document certified, you should ask the person that requested it if they have rules about who can certify it.

Usually a witness can be anyone who:

  • is 18 years or older
  • knows the person whose signature they are witnessing or has taken reasonable steps to verify their identity
  • isn’t a party to the document

www.ag.gov.au/legal-system/statutory-declarations/who-can-witness-your-statutory-declaration

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