A statutory declaration, sometimes referred to as a “Stat Dec” , is a written statement that allows a person to declare something to be true.

An example of when a Stat Dec may be used could be when an employee notifies their employer that they are unwell and therefore will be off work sick. When the employee returns to work  the employer demands evidence of  the employee’s illness before being willing to pay the employee for their personal leave.

In this circumstance the employee may need to provide evidence which would satisfy a reasonable person of their inability to attend work due to illness. A Stat Dec can be used as a way of providing this evidence as a written statement.

Please be aware making a false statement in a statutory declaration is an offence and can attract severe penalties including imprisonment.

Please also be aware that the Stat Dec will need to be signed in the presence of an authorised witness (listed in the Stat Dec form).

Click the link to download a QLD-Stat-Dec form.