Authorised witnesses

(Please note that an authorised witness can also certify copies of the original Advance Care Directive).
The following persons, or classes of persons, are authorised witnesses:

Registered professionals such as teachers, nurses, doctors or pharmacists
Lawyers or Justices of the Peace (JP)
Local, State or Commonwealth Government employees with more than five (5) years continuous service
Bank managers or police officers with more than five (5) years continuous service
Ministers of religion or marriage celebrants

Eligible authorised witnesses also include:

  • Agents of the Australian Postal Corporation in charge of an office supplying postal services to the public or permanent employees of the Australian Postal Corporation with five (5) or more years continuous service
  • Australian Consular Officers or Australian Diplomatic Officers
  • Bailiffs; sheriffs; sheriff’s officers
  • Chief executive officers of Commonwealth Courts
  • Clerks of Courts
  • Commissioners for taking affidavits and/or declarations
  • Employees of the Australian Trade Commission, or employees of the Commonwealth who are in a country or place outside Australia
  • Fellows of the National Tax and Accountants’ Association
  • Statutory Office Holders
  • Judges of Courts, Magistrates or Masters of Court or Court Registrars or Deputy Registrars
  • Members of: Governance Institute of Australia; Engineers Australia; Association of Taxation and Management Accountants; Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Australian Defence Force Officer or non-commissioned officer or a warrant officer with five (5) or more years of continuous service
  • Members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia; CPA Australia (Certified Public Accountants) or the Institute of Public Accountants
  • Members of Commonwealth, State or Territory legislatures/Parliaments; or local, State or Territory government authorities
  • Notary public
  • Patent attorneys or trade mark attorneys
  • Senior Executive Service employees of the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth, State or Territory authority
  • Veterinary surgeons.