If you are unable to produce any of the documents required to support your DCSI Round 2 application, you may submit a Commonwealth Statutory Declaration instead. Click here to download the form.

The information on this page is provided to help you understand what a Statutory Declaration is and how to prepare one. Full details can be obtained from the Australian Government Attorney General’s Dept.

What is a Statutory Declaration?
A Statutory Declaration is a statement of facts that you declare to be true, and which can be used as evidence.  If you make a statement you know to be false in a Statutory Declaration, you can be charged with a criminal offence.

What should my Statutory Declaration say?
We have created a Statutory Declaration which can be used by DCSI Round 2 Applicants, which you can access through this webpage.  If you need us to email or mail you a copy of the form, please contact our Drought Assistance Team.

Who cannot witness my Statutory Declaration?
You cannot witness your own statutory declaration, even if you are an approved witness. We do not accept statutory declarations from persons related to the content of your Statement, this includes family and/or friends who live at the same address.

What is the cost to obtain a Statutory Declaration?
It is up to the individual witness whether they charge a fee for witnessing a Statutory Declaration.  A Justice of the Peace is NOT ALLOWED to charge a fee. 

Who can witness my Statutory Declaration?
Your Statutory Declaration can be witnessed by a Notary Public or by one of the persons listed in the three groups below.

Professionals who are licenced or registered to practice their work in Australia:

  • ​​architect
  • chiropractor
  • dentist
  • financial adviser or financial planner
  • legal practitioner, with or without a practising certificate
  • medical practitioner
  • midwife
  • migration agent registered under Division 3 of Part 3 of the Migration Act 1958
  • nurse
  • occupational therapist
  • optometrist
  • patent attorney
  • pharmacist
  • physiotherapist
  • psychologist
  • trade-marks attorney
  • veterinary surgeon

A person on the roll of:

  • the Supreme Court of a state or territory in Australia
  • the High Court of Australia as a legal practitioner

Members of a professional body or organisation in Australia and persons who work in a position connected to Australia.

  • accountant who is:
    1. a fellow of the National Tax Accountants' Association, or
    2. a member of:
      1. Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
      2. the Institute of Public Accountants
      3. CPA Australia
      4. the Association of Taxation and Management Accountants
  • agent of the Australian Postal Corporation (Australia Post) who is in charge of an office that provides postal services to the public
  • permanent employee of the Australian Postal Corporation with 5 or more years of continuous service who is employed in an office supplying postal services to the public
  • APS employee engaged on an ongoing basis with 5 or more years of continuous service who is not specified in another item of this Part
  • Australian Consular Officer or Australian Diplomatic Officer under Consular Fees Act 1955
  • bailiff
  • bank officer with 5 or more years of continuous service
  • building society officer with 5 or more years of continuous service
  • chief executive officer of a Commonwealth court
  • clerk of a court
  • Commissioner for Affidavits
  • Commissioner for Declarations
  • credit union officer with 5 or more years of continuous service
  • permanent employee of a Commonwealth authority with 5 or more years of continuous service who is not specified in another item in this Part
  • engineer who is:
    1. a member of Engineers Australia but not a student
    2. a Registered Professional Engineer of Professionals Australia
    3. registered as an engineer under a law of the Commonwealth, a state or territory, or
    4. registered on the National Engineering Register by Engineers Australia
  • finance company officer with 5 or more years of continuous service
  • holder of a statutory office not specified in another item in this list
  • judge
  • Justice of the Peace
  • magistrate
  • marriage celebrant registered under the Marriage Act 1961
  • master of a court
  • member of the Australian Defence Force who is:
    1. an officer, or
    2. a non-commissioned officer within the meaning of the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 with 5 or more years of continuous service, or
    3. a warrant officer within the meaning of that Act
  • member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • member of the Governance Institute of Australia Ltd
  • member of:
    1. the parliament of the Commonwealth
    2. the parliament of a state
    3. a territory legislature
    4. a local government authority
  • minister of religion registered under the Marriage Act 1961
  • notary public, including a notary public (however described) exercising functions at a place outside:
    1. the Commonwealth, and
    2. the external territories of the Commonwealth
  • permanent employee of a state or territory, or a state or territory authority
  • permanent employee of a local government authority with 5 or more years of continuous service, other than such an employee who is specified in another item of this Part
  • person before whom a statutory declaration may be made under the law of the state or territory in which the declaration is made
  • police officer
  • prison officer employed by the Commonwealth or a state, territory or local government authority with more than 5 years of continuous service
  • registrar, or deputy registrar, of a court
  • senior executive employee of a Commonwealth authority
  • senior executive employee of a state or territory
  • SES employee of the Commonwealth
  • sheriff
  • sheriff's officer
  • teacher employed full-time or part-time at a school or tertiary education institution