With the exception of perjury offences, any previously persisting requirement that evidence be corroborated is now abolished (Evidence Act 2008 s164).
The rules of law or practice that previously required directions concerning the absence of corroboration, including directions about the dangers of acting on uncorroborated evidence, have also been abolished (Evidence Act 2008 s164(3)).
In addition, with the exception of perjury and similar offences, a judge must not
Warn the jury that it is dangerous to act on uncorroborated evidence or give a warning to the same or similar effect; or
Direct the jury regarding the absence of corroboration (Evidence Act 2008 s164(4)).
Evidence Act 2008 s164(4), which prohibits corroboration directions, was introduced by the Jury Directions Act 2015 and applies to all trials which commenced on or after 29 June 2015.
Despite the prohibition on corroboration directions, where the jury has been warned about a witness’s potential unreliability, and there is evidence that may tend to confirm or support that witness’s evidence, it will often be appropriate to direct the jury to look for supportive evidence (R v Milton  NSWCCA 195; R v Connors  NSWCCA 470 at ). Such directions are included where appropriate in this Charge Book.
For information on the legal requirements of corroboration, which remain relevant to a charge of perjury, see Perjury.