Research Division

Justice of the Peace and Commissioner for Declarations

You can not witness your own signature (even if you are a JP, CD or ex officio CD). Heads of Schools can not witness a Statutory Declaration that they are then signing in their capacity as Head of School.

Ex Officio Commissioners for Declarations

Public Servants

Staff of the university (over 21 and under 70 years of age) with 5 or more continuous years of service are regarded as an ex officio Commissioner for Declarations (as the university receives funding from the Commonwealth). A person signing in this capacity must, after their signature:

  • print their full name
  • write 'ex officio Commissioner for Declarations'
  • beneath, print 'Public Servant'

Teachers

Academics are not automatically regarded as Teachers for this purpose. To be regarded as a Teacher you must hold formal teaching qualifications (eg: BTeach, DipEd), be over 21 and under 70 years of age, and be employed by a school or tertiary institution on a full time basis. A person signing in this capacity must, after their signature:

  • print their full name
  • write 'ex officio Commissioner for Declarations'
  • beneath, print 'Teacher'

Accessing Other JPs or CDs

See the Justice Department web site for details of who, due to their profession or employment is automatically regarded as an ex officio Commissioner for Declarations.