Course in Community Justice Services (Commissioner for Declarations)

This Community Justice Services course offers the opportunity for persons to take on a voluntary role of a Commissioner for Declarations.

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Overview

10276NAT Course in Community Justice Services (Commissioner for Declarations)

The Commissioner for Declarations course aims to support participants in volunteering for the provision of witnessing documents and carrying out minor judicial duties in the community.

The Justices of the Peace and Commissioner for Declarations Act 1991 governs the categories of appointments with different levels of responsibilities and duties, namely:

  • Commissioner for Declarations
  • Justice of the Peace (Qualified)
  • Justice of the Peace (Magistrates Court)

Upon appointment to the role, Commissioners for Declarations are required to have a complete understanding of their current powers and duties in relation to their service to the community.

This course offers its participants wanting to become a Commissioner for Declarations the opportunity to obtain the skills and knowledge based on the handbook relevant to the position.

These skills and knowledge are vital to ensuring that they are competent in undertaking their roles and minimise the risk of litigation against the state or individual.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will be competent to perform the duties of a Commissioner for Declarations.

The outcome of this course is to provide participants with a range of knowledge and skills required to:

  • Access and interpret information contained in their respective handbooks
  • Identify and follow correct procedures
  • Provide appropriate information and assistance
  • Maintain a records register documenting services provided
  • Identify procedures and comply with legislative requirements
  • Evaluate the capacity of the deponent to sign relevant documents
  • Prepare to provide evidence as a witness during court proceedings

Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

  • be an Australian Citizen
  • be 18 years of age or older
  • be currently enrolled on the QLD electoral roll

There are no limitations to entry to all or part of this course, however, explicit limitations prevent individuals from holding office as a Commissioner for Declarations or a Justice of the Peace (Qualified). Participants will however be required to have solid English Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills for this course.

According to the Act, individuals cannot hold office as a Commissioner for Declarations or Justice of the Peace (Qualified) if they:

  • have been convicted of a serious offence at any time (i.e. an indictable offence, irrespective of whether it was dealt with in the magistrates, district or supreme court)
  • have been convicted of more than 2 offences of any kind at any time
  • have been convicted of an offence of any kind in the last 5 years
  • have been convicted of an alcohol or drug driving offence in the last 5 years
  • have been convicted of more than 2 traffic offences in the last 4 years (i.e. convictions under the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995)
  • are an undischarged bankrupt (i.e. not yet free from bankruptcy).

Examples of offences include all types of criminal offences, drug related offences, financial (tax or business related), social security offences, shoplifting, or failure to pay a TOLL fee within the stated period of time.

Note that for traffic offences, a person who pays an amount by the way of a penalty for an offence, is taken to have been convicted of the offence on the day the amount is paid

Individuals convicted of more than 6 offences under the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 in a 4 year period, are not qualified to be appointed as a Justice of the Peace (Qualified) or Commissioner of Declarations for 5 years after the date of the last conviction.

Units of Competency

This course includes the following core unit of competency:

  • JUSDEC001 Perform the Duties of a Commissioner for Declarations

Delivery Options

OPTION 1 – Study in Class
Complete this course by attending a 1 day face-to-face workshop followed by an external exam. We strongly recommend you attend the 1 day face-to-face workshop to assist you with completing the exam.

OPTION 2 – External Exam Only
Complete the exam for this course externally through correspondence when and where it suits you with the external exam only option. This delivery option consists of the exam being posted out to you, where you will be required to study the material within the CDec Handbook and apply this knowledge. There is no training involved with this option. Access to the exam will be granted to you once your booking is finalised.

Note: It is a strict requirement for this course that you complete all assessment tasks in full within 28 days. If you require additional time you can submit a re-enrolment application ($100 re-enrolment fee if submitted within the first 3 months).

You will have 7 days to complete your first attempt and another 7 days to complete your second attempt. If further attempts are required, a $50 extra submission fee will apply.

The Appointment Process

You will receive your certificate from Asset College by email within 1-2 weeks of completing your course.

When you submit your online application it will be automatically received by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General.

Your application will also be automatically sent to your State Member of Parliament (MP) for nomination of your appointment. Your MP may contact you to arrange an interview before your nomination.

When your MP tells the Department of Justice and Attorney-General that they nominate you for appointment, the Department of Justice and Attorney-General will assess your application against the relevant sections of the Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Declarations Act 1991 (PDF) and the Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Declarations Regulation 2007 (PDF).

The assessment process can take approximately 3 months.

If there are any issues with your application, the Department of Justice and Attorney-General will let you know. Otherwise, the Department of Justice and Attorney-General will write to you to let you know if your application is approved.

When your application is approved, you will need to take an Oath or Affirmation of Office and pay a registration fee before you can begin your duties as a JP or Cdec.

Logging in to your Cloud Assess Account

Need help logging into your Cloud Assess account to access your exam? It could be that your verification link has expired.

Please use the following link: https://asset.assessapp.com and enter your original login details.

For further assistance, please call us on 1300 731 602

Course Fees

Justice of the Peace (Qualified)
$350

Commissioner for Declarations
$295

Upgrade from C.Dec to JP
$295 (must have completed the C.Dec course within 2 years)

Enrol online or phone us to book on 1300 731 602

Course Information

Testimonial

“Thank you both Philippa and Glen, so much for all your help with the course, not to mention your patience!  Very much appreciated. And Glen – thank you so much for putting on a superb course, which I thoroughly enjoyed.”
Robert Morgan



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