The application process

IMPORTANT: No new applications will be accepted for processing after 11 January 2019.  Applications will be open for processing again on 1 April 2019.

If you want to be appointed a JP before April 2019 you must submit your completed application with all the required supporting documents and a member of parliament's (MP) nomination, to the Department of Justice before 11 January 2019.

To apply to become a JP for NSW, you need to complete the following steps.

Step 1. Complete the online application

The online application asks you specific questions to assess your eligibility to be appointed as a JP. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Step 2. Print your nomination form and attach your supporting documents

When you have completed your online application, you then print your individual nomination form.

The nomination form will indicate which documents you need to provide certified copies of with your application.

It also has a statutory declaration that you must complete, in the presence of a JP.

Step 3. Ask a NSW Member of Parliament to nominate you

You need to ask a NSW Member of Parliament (MP) to nominate you for appointment as a JP. If an MP agrees, he or she will sign your printed nomination form, and mail it together with certified copies of your supporting documents to the Department of Justice. 

Applicants seeking nomination by a member of parliament must print their application form and provide the original application, with all original supporting documents, to the MP/MLC’s office. Emailed application forms and copied supporting documents (not originals) sent to an MP's office cannot be  considered for nomination.

Please contact your chosen MP/MLC for their preferred method for receipt of application forms and supporting documents as many MPs require your attendance in person. A list of members of NSW Parliament and their contact details can be found here

Generally you should ask for the nomination of the MP who represents the electoral district in which you live. You can look up your electoral district at the NSW Elections website.

Please do not mail or email your form to the Department yourself, however you may wish to ask your MP to provide you with a copy of the signed from for your records. Once your MP has nominated you they will send your application to the Department


How long does it take?

While the Department of Justice endeavours to complete all applications within three months, this can vary depending on the complexity of the application, and in some circumstances it may take up to six months to finalise an application. Applicants should check their emails regularly (including bulk/junk mail folders) as the Department will send applicants an email should there be any issue with their applications.