Justice of the Peace and Commissioner for Oaths

How to become a Commissioner for Oaths

Being a Commissioner for Oaths is an honorary position, meaning you will not be paid.

You are not entitled to charge a fee for your services.

You must be able to demonstrate there is a need for a Commissioner for Oaths where you live or in your work. The position is normally held for two or five years.

Before you apply

To apply you must be:

  1. An Australian citizen.
  2. Of good character.
  3. Registered on the NT electoral roll.
  4. Able to demonstrate you understand the nature of the role. You can read more about powers, duties and responsibilities on the notes for guidance PDF (228.1 KB).

Documents you will need

You must submit all of the following:

How to apply

Step 1. Complete the Commissioner for Oaths application form PDF (537.5 KB)

Step 2. Send your application form and documents listed above to:

Statutory appointments officer
Department of the Attorney-General and Justice
GPO Box 1722
Darwin NT 0801

You should allow three or four months for your application to be processed.

If you are successful

You must do all of the following:

  • make yourself available within reason, to people who need your services
  • not ask for a fee or accept payment for signing documents
  • contact the statutory appointments officer if you change your address, job or phone number.

Renewing your application

You will be sent a renewal application within two months of your appointment expiring.

You will need to prove your suitability and need for a Commissioner for Oaths where you live or work.

If you have any questions, contact the statutory appointments officer by either:

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Last updated: 25 September 2018

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