Basics

Certifying copies and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency is the organisation responsible for the implementation of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme across Australia. It works with 15 National Health Practitioner Boards in implementing the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the National Boards regularly consult with advisory groups to gather feedback, information, and advice on a …

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Basics of voluntary assisted dying

Voluntary assisted dying refers to a doctor providing assistance to enable a patient to die. It may offer an additional ‘end of life’ option for those considered eligible, by allowing a person to choose to die sooner than otherwise anticipated. A person may request voluntary assisted dying to avoid suffering that cannot be managed in …

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What is assessing capacity?

As an authorised witness, you may be called on to sign documents that provide somebody with the power to make personal and/or financial decisions on behalf of another person (known as the principal). Under various advanced care or health directives, these documents may provide that person with the ability to give directions about normal and …

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Overview of the Commonwealth and state guidelines for statutory declarations

In Australia, the Commonwealth has its own legislation and specific requirements for statutory declarations, as do each of the states and territories. This applies to both the verbal declaration to be said out loud, and the type of document to be used. As with certified true copies, the process and the wording used for statutory …

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What are statutory declarations?

According to the Australian Government, a statutory declaration is: a written statement declared to be true in the presence of an authorised witness.  The Statutory Declarations Act 1959 governs the use of statutory declarations in matters involving the law of the Australian Commonwealth, Australian Capital Territory, and other territories but not including the Northern Territory. It is a legally …

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Why do we need certified true copies?

According to the Victorian Government: ‘A certified copy may be required for official government or court purposes and/or for commercial purposes. It avoids the owner of important documents (especially identity documents) giving up possession of those documents which might mean a risk of their loss or damage.’ Many legal and administrative processes and procedures also require certified copies as evidence to establish …

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What are certified true copies?

To understand what a certified true copy is, it’s important that we first know the definition of an original document. An original document (also sometimes referred to as the primary document) is one that the authorised witness determines to be an original, using their best judgement. An original document can may be a card (e.g. a driver’s …

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