Important changes to witnessing statutory declarations and affidavits

Important changes to witnessing statutory declarations and affidavits

Changes have been made to allow documents to be witnessed online.

The Oaths and Affirmations Act 2018 has been amended to allow:

  • authorised witnesses to witness statutory declarations by audio visual link
  • statutory declaration documents to be signed electronically.

The new measures do not over-ride any existing in-person witnessing provisions as set out in the Oaths and Affirmations Act 2018.

The Oaths and Affirmations Act 2018 now also allows affidavits to be executed online by audio visual link.

You can learn more about witnessing documents online (External link) on the Department of Justice and Community Safety website:

Please note that certifying copies of original documents must still be performed in person and cannot be done via audio visual link.