If you don't specifically require an Australian statutory declaration or affidavit, we suggest making a declaration before the Commissioner of Oaths in Hong Kong. This service is free and available to everyone. Please visit the Home Affairs Department of Hong Kong for more information.
As each document is different, consular officers at the Consulate are not able to provide advice on the requirements of your particular document. It is your responsibility to check with the originator of the document whether an Australian Consular Officer is able to witness your signature on the document.
We are unable to witness signatures on documents for visa and migration purposes. Please refer to our Visas and migration page of our website for further information.
We are only able to witness documents to be used in Australia and are not able to witness documents with another country's legislation.
The Consulate can only witness an Australian Statutory Declaration for use in Australia by an Australian entity. Witnessing signature on Commonwealth or State and Territory statutory declarations is available by Appointment only.
Please note legislation prevents the Consulate from witnessing South Australian statutory declarations. You may be able to have these witnessed by a notary public in Hong Kong www.notaries.org.hk but please check with the receiving party if this is accepted.
For the Consulate to witness your signature, statutory declaration must be in standard format provided by each state's legislation.
This service is available by Appointment only. Please select Statutory declarations on the booking page if the statutory declaration is either a Commonwealth, a NSW, a NT, a QLD or a VIC statutory declaration. If it is a Tasmanian statutory declaration, please select Tasmania Statutory Declaration on the booking page. If it is a WA statutory declaration, please select WA - Transfer of Land or Statutory Declaration on the booking page. If you select the wrong service, we may not be able to help at your appointment time as different state/territory requires different personnel at the Consulate to witness your signature on the statutory declaration.
An affidavit is a written statement that allows the person making it to present evidence in court or other legal proceedings. The person making the affidavit must take an oath (a sworn commitment based on religious belief) or make an affirmation (a secular sworn commitment) that the contents of the affidavit are true and correct. It is generally an offence to swear to, or affirm, false information.
The Consulate's role is to witness the affidavit and administer the oath or affirmation. It does not attest to the authenticity or truth of the content of the evidence or information.
Before booking an appointment for an Affidavit check the following with the recipient or a legal representative:
- Do you and the witness need to sign or initial each page? Or do you only need to sign one page?
- Do you have any exhibits to the affidavits? And what wording needs to be written on each exhibit?
Please bring along clear instructions, your ID and your affidavit including all exhibits and attachments.
Further information is available at Smartraveller.
Powers of Attorney
For information on powers of attorney for each state visit http://www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/family-and-community/wills-and-powers-of-attorney/powers-of-attorney and http://smartraveller.gov.au/guide/all-travellers/Pages/wills-and-powers-of-attorney.aspx.
Most wills do not require an authorised witness. The Consulate is unable to witness international wills.
For information on wills for each state visit http://www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/family-and-community/wills-and-powers-of-attorney/wills.
These services are available by Appointment only. Please select Affidavits, Power of Attorney or Wills on the booking page. If you select the wrong service, we may not be able to help at your appointment time.