Oaths and Affirmations Act 2018 resources:

The Oaths and Affirmations Act 2018 makes a number of important changes to the law in Victoria, including:

  • Expanding the list of authorised witnesses in Victoria to be consistent with the Commonwealth
  • Revising standard forms for statutory declarations and affidavits which include instructional guidance
  • Simplifying language for deponents when making declarations/oaths or affirmations
  • Providing for ‘reasonable modifications’ for people with disabilities (s 15)
  • Clarifying the involvement of people who assist a person to make a statutory declaration (s 32)
  • Modifying approaches for illiterate, blind or cognitively impaired persons completing affidavits (s 28) and statutory declarations (s 3(c))

To assist authorised witnesses, the Department of Justice and Community Safety ( DJCS) has prepared a range of guidance materials:

*Please note that the DJCS will upload additional practice FAQs specifically targeted to honorary justices.