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Statutory Declarations Act 1959

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Act No. 52 of 1959 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Act No. 165 of 1992
Registered 07 Dec 2009
Start Date 08 Jan 1993
End Date 24 Oct 1996

STATUTORY DECLARATIONS ACT 1959
- Reprinted as at 30 September 1993 (HISTACT CHAP 2896 #DATE 30:09:1993)

*1* The Statutory Declarations Act 1959 as shown in this reprint comprises Act No. 52, 1959 amended as indicated in the Tables below.
Table of Acts
Act Date Date of Application
Number and of Assent Commencement saving or
year transitional
provisions
Statutory Declarations Act 1959
52, 1959 22 May 1959 1 Sept 1959
Statutory Law Revision (Decimal Currency) Act 1966
93, 1966 29 Oct 1966 1 Dec 1966 -
Statute Law Revision Act 1973
216, 1973 19 Dec 1937 31 Dec 1973 Ss 9(1) and 10
Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 1990
115, 1990 21 Dec 1990 Ss 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 16, 17, 20-23,
28, 30, 32, 33, 38, and 39:
4 Feb 1991 (see Gazette 1991 No
GN3, p. 278)
Ss. 4, 7, 10-15, 18, 19, 24-27,
29, 31 and 34-37: 21 Jun 1991
Remainder: Royal Assent
-
Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 1991
136, 1991 12 Sept 1991 (a) S. 3(3) and (4)
Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act (No. 3) 1992
165, 1992 11 Dec 1992 Schedule (Part 2): 8 Jan 1993
(b) -
(a) The Statutory Declarations Act 1959 was amended by the Schedule only of the Law and Justices Legislation Amendment Act 1991, subsection 2(4) of which provides as follows:
"(4) Subject to subsection (5), the amendments of the Statutory Declarations Act 1959 made by this Act, and subsections 3(3) and (4) commence on a day to be fixed by Proclamation."
The amendments of the Statutory Declarations Act Act 1959 and subsections 3(3) and (4) came into operation on 12 December 1991 (see Gazette 1991, No. S336)
(b) The Statutory Declarations Act 1959 was amended by the Schedule (Part 2) only of the Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act (No.3) 1992, subsection 2(7) of which provides as follows:
"(7) Part 2 of the Schedule commences on the 28th day after the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent."
Table of Amendments
ad=added or inserted am=amended rep=repealed rs=repealed and substituted
Provision affected How affected
S. 3 am. No. 136, 1991
S. 4 am. No. 216, 1973; No. 115, 1990;
No. 136, 1991
S. 7 am. No. 136, 1991
S. 8 rs. No. 136, 1991
S. 9 rep. No. 136, 1991
S. 11 am. No. 93, 1966
rs. No. 165, 1992
S. 12 am. No.115, 1990
S. 14 ad. No. 136, 1991

STATUTORY DECLARATIONS ACT 1959 - LONG TITLE

SECT

An Act relating to Statutory Declarations

STATUTORY DECLARATIONS ACT 1959 - SECT 1
Short title

SECT

1. This Act may be cited as the Statutory Declarations Act 1959.*1* SEE NOTES TO FIRST ARTICLE OF THIS CHAPTER .

STATUTORY DECLARATIONS ACT 1959 - SECT 2
Commencement

SECT

2. This Act shall come into operation on the first day of September, One thousand nine hundred and fifty-nine.

STATUTORY DECLARATIONS ACT 1959 - SECT 3
Repeal and saving

SECT

3. (1) The following Acts are repealed:
Statutory Declarations Act 1911;
Statutory Declarations Act 1922;
Statutory Declarations Act 1944.

(3) A statutory declaration purporting to be made, after the commencement of this Act, by virtue of the Statutory Declarations Act 1911, or by virtue of that Act as amended, has the same force and effect, and entails the same consequences, as if it had been expressed to be made by virtue of this Act.

STATUTORY DECLARATIONS ACT 1959 - SECT 4
Interpretation

SECT

4. In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears:
"Magistrate" means a Chief, Police, Stipendiary, Resident or Special Magistrate;
"State" includes the Northern Territory;
"Territory" does not include the Northern Territory.

STATUTORY DECLARATIONS ACT 1959 - SECT 5
Application

SECT

5. (1) Subject to this section, this Act applies both within and without the Commonwealth.

(2) Except as provided by subsection (8) of section twelve of this Act, this Act does not apply in a Territory not forming part of the Commonwealth unless this Act extends to that Territory by virtue of section thirteen of this Act.

STATUTORY DECLARATIONS ACT 1959 - SECT 6
Authority to make and use statutory declarations

SECT

6. (1) A person may, if he so desires, make a statutory declaration in relation to any matter.

(2) Subject to the next succeeding subsection, a statutory declaration may be used:
(a) for the purposes of a law of the Commonwealth or of a Territory, unless the contrary intention appears in that law;
(b) in connexion with any matter arising under a law of the Commonwealth or of a Territory, unless the contrary intention appears in that law; or
(c) in connexion with the administration of any Department of State of the Commonwealth.

(3) The last preceding subsection does not authorize a statutory declaration to be used as evidence in a judicial proceeding but nothing in this section prevents a statutory declaration from being so used.

STATUTORY DECLARATIONS ACT 1959 - SECT 7
References to statutory declarations

SECT

7. Where, in a law of the Commonwealth or of a Territory (whether passed or made before or after the commencement of this Act), a reference is made to a statutory declaration, the reference includes a reference to a statutory declaration made under this Act, unless the contrary intention appears in that law.

STATUTORY DECLARATIONS ACT 1959 - SECT 8
How statutory declaration is made

SECT

8. A statutory declaration made under this Act must:
(a) be in the form in the Schedule; and
(b) be made before a prescribed person.

STATUTORY DECLARATIONS ACT 1959 - SECT 10
Declarations under other laws

SECT

10. Where, by a law of the Commonwealth or of a Territory (whether passed or made before or after the commencement of this Act), a declaration is required to be made by a person before some other person, the declaration may, unless the contrary intention appears in that law, be made before the person mentioned in that law or before a person before whom a statutory declaration under this Act may be made.

STATUTORY DECLARATIONS ACT 1959 - SECT 11
False declarations

SECT

11. A person must not wilfully make a false statement in a statutory declaration.
Penalty: Imprisonment for 4 years.

STATUTORY DECLARATIONS ACT 1959 - SECT 12
Jurisdiction of courts

SECT

12. (1) Subject to the succeeding provisions of this section:
(a) the several courts of the States (other than the Northern Territory) are invested with federal jurisdiction; and
(b) jurisdiction is conferred on the several courts of the Territories and of the Northern Territory;
with respect to offences against this Act.

(2) The jurisdiction invested in or conferred on courts by the last preceding subsection is invested or conferred within the limits (other than limits having effect by reference to the places at which offences are committed) of their several jurisdictions, whether those limits are as to subject-matter or otherwise, but subject to the conditions and restrictions specified in paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) of subsection (2) of section thirty-nine of the Judiciary Act 1903-1955.

(3) The jurisdiction invested in, or conferred on, a court of summary jurisdiction by this section shall not be judicially exercised except by a Judge, a Magistrate, or a District Officer or Assistant District Officer of a Territory.

(4) The trial on indictment of an offence against this Act, not being an offence committed within a State, may be held in any State or Territory.

(5) Subject to this Act, the laws of a State or Territory with respect to the arrest and custody of offenders or persons charged with offences and the procedure for:
(a) their summary conviction;
(b) their examination and commitment for trial on indictment;
(c) their trial and conviction on indictment; and
(d) the hearing and determination of appeals arising out of any such trial or conviction or out of any proceedings connected therewith;
and for holding accused persons to bail apply, so far as they are applicable, to a person who is charged in that State or Territory with an offence against this Act.

(6) Except as provided by this section, the Judiciary Act 1903-1955 applies in relation to offences against this Act.

(7) For the purposes of this section, "court of summary jurisdiction" includes a court of a Territory sitting as a court for the making of summary orders or the summary punishment of offences under the law of the Territory.

(8) This section extends to all the Territories not forming part of the Commonwealth.

STATUTORY DECLARATIONS ACT 1959 - SECT 13
Extension of Act to Territories

SECT

13. Subject to subsection (8) of the last preceding section, this Act extends to Norfolk Island and to such other Territories not forming part of the Commonwealth as the Governor-General, by Proclamation, declares.*2* *2* S.13 - By Proclamation dated 14 September 1972 and in force at 31 August 1979, this Act was declared to extend to the Territories of Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands (see Gazette 1972, No. 93).

STATUTORY DECLARATIONS ACT 1959 - SECT 14
Regulations

SECT

14. The Governor-General may make regulations, not inconsistent with this Act:
(a) prescribing matters required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed; and
(b) prescribing matters necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.

STATUTORY DECLARATIONS ACT 1959 - SCHEDULE

SCH

THE SCHEDULE Section 8
COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA
Statutory Declaration
I, (1), do solemnly and sincerely declare (2) And I make this solemn
declaration by virtue of the Statutory Declarations Act 1959, and
subject to the penalties provided by that Act for the making of false
statements in statutory declarations, conscientiously believing the
statements contained in this declaration to be true in every
particular.
(3) Declared at the day of 19 Before me, (4) (5)
(1) Here insert name, address and occupation of person making the
declaration.
(2) Here insert matter declared to.
Where the matter is long, add the words "as follows: - " and then set
the matter out in numbered paragraphs.
(3) Signature of person making the declaration.
(4) Signature of person before whom the declaration is made.
(5) Here insert title of person before whom the declaration is made.