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.
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
- 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.
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
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