You have now completed this program. By engaging with the course content, you should feel better prepared to: Recognise what constitutes an ‘authorised witness’ Understand what certified copies are and why they are necessary Understand what statutory declarations are and why they are necessary Demonstrate awareness of Commonwealth and state guidelines and legislation applicable to […]
This lesson consists of two topics. These will help you to go through the process of certifying true documents by following a short video of the steps needed. In addition, you will be able to download a handout for the video, and an additional information aide handout that you can take with you and use
Hint: The full video must be watched while in this LMS module (not in Youtube) in order to complete the lesson. In Victoria, revised legislation was introduced from 1 March 2019. This is known as the Oaths and Affirmations Act 2018. This provides specific wording for oaths and affirmations, statutory declarations, affidavits, and certified 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
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