COVID-19: Signing contracts electronically just got easier for companiesMay 6, 2020

The Federal Treasurer has issued a legislative instrument to allow company officers to sign documents electronically. This provides welcome certainty as in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become increasingly difficult for paper documents to be signed in wet-ink because signatories are working from home in lockdown, self-isolation or quarantine and may not have access to scanners or printers. However, the changes only apply for a temporary period of 6 months. They also don’t apply to foreign companies and other entities such as statutory corporations, governments and partnerships of non-companies.

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