Trust

Security & Compliance

Legality

Under Australian and New Zealand law, a written signature is not necessarily required for a valid contract. Contracts are generally considered valid if legally competent parties reach an agreement, whether they agree verbally, electronically or in a physical paper document.

The Electronic Transactions Act in the Commonwealth, States and Territories of Australia specifically confirm that provided certain requirements are met, and a relevant exception does not apply, contracts cannot be denied enforceability merely because they are concluded electronically.

Digital signature providers can provide electronic records that are admissible in evidence under Australian and New Zealand law to support the existence, authenticity and valid acceptance of a contract.

Annature complies with the requirements outlined in the following legislations:

  • Electronic Transactions Act 1999
  • New South Wales: Electronic Transactions Act 2000
  • Victoria: Electronic Transactions Act 2000
  • Queensland: Electronic Transactions Act 2001
  • Western Australia: Electronic Transactions Act 2011
  • Southern Australia: Electronic Transactions Act 2000
  • Northern Territory: Electronic Transactions Act 2001
  • Australian Capital Territory: Electronic Transactions Act 2001
  • Tasmanian: Electronic Transactions Act 2000