Sunset of temporary COVID-19 Witnessing Arrangements for Statutory Declarations


Temporary arrangements for Witnessing Arrangement for Statutory Declarations that were put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic in section 18(2) of the Oaths Act 1900 sunsetted on 1 January 2023.

This means that, from 1 January 2023, the arrangements for who witnessed statutory declarations in NSW that existed prior to the temporary arrangements have resumed, namely the following:

  • legal practitioners
  • Justices of the Peace
  • notaries public
  • other persons specifically named in the Oaths Act 1900.

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