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Statutory declarations to be uniform across Australia.



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ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON ROBERT McCLELLAND MP

NEWS RELEASE

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600  Telephone (02) 6277 7300  Fax (02) 6273 4102 www.attorneygeneral.gov.au

7 November 111/2008

STATUTORY DECLARATIONS TO BE UNIFORM ACROSS AUSTRALIA

The Standing Committee of Attorneys-General today agreed on a uniform approach to statutory declarations.

The initiative was led by Attorney-General Robert McClelland, who said it was imperative that jurisdictions agreed on a harmonised approach to statutory declarations, given the complexity of current arrangements.

There are currently eight different forms in use across the country and eight different legislative regimes regulating who can witness a statutory declaration.

“As part of ongoing efforts to cut red tape and reduce regulatory burdens, the new regime will reduce confusion and inconvenience for individuals and businesses across the country,” Mr McClelland said.

Under the new regime, a national uniform statutory declaration form will be developed.

Attorneys also requested that a consolidated list of authorised witnesses be compiled for their approval at the next meeting.

“The new approach will remove confusion surrounding exactly who can witness a statutory declaration,” Mr McClelland said.

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