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Electronic signatures in Australia : Legal considerations and recommended best practices

Electronic signatures in Australia : Legal considerations and recommended best practices

Worldwide, organisations are adopting electronic signature solutions to help reduce their carbon footprint, streamline business processes, improve security and record-keeping, and reduce costs. It is projected that over 100 million electronic signature transactions will be made annually in Australia by 2020.1 Yet, a recent study has found that less than 20% of Australian businesses are currently prepared for this.2 In this paper, we will review the law as it relates to electronic signatures by analysing how such signatures are treated under the Commonwealth and State electronic transactions legislation (ET Legislation) and how such signatures are treated under general law.

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