Signing Official Document Will 1920x500

NSW Electronic Witnessing Provisions Extended

Camille Broadhurst

Six Month Extension Announced

On 18 September 2020, the Stronger Communities Legislation Amendment (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 came into effect and most notably, extended the operation of the NSW electronic witnessing regulations brought in to combat restrictions imposed by COVID-19 to 26 March 2021.

Prior to this date, the COVID-19 electronic witnessing provisions were due to expire on 26 September 2020.

In a Media Release on 15 September 2020, Attorney General, Mark Speakman and Minister for Customer Service, Victor Dominello announced new legislation would be introduced enabling the electronic witnessing provisions to be further extended to the end of 2021, with a view to also assessing whether more permanent reforms should ensue. To read the Media Release, click here

It is important to remember that the electronic witnessing regulations do not apply to all types of documents. 

The NSW office continues to work both from the office and remotely and are still available to meet with clients in the office, at their homes or over video-conferencing platforms like Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams and Facetime. We continue to be committed to providing convenient and flexible solutions during the pandemic.

To read more about the current Victorian electronic witnessing provisions, please click here.

How we can help

For more information on what you can sign and have witnessed electronically, please do not hesitate to reach out to Camille Broadhurst, Jana Sosner (NSW) or Ilana Kacev (VIC) for further advice. They can be reached via email, phone or Skype.

If you would like to keep up to date with Alerts, Insights and upcoming events, you can subscribe to our mailing list here.

View related insights

concept-of-real-estate-mortgage-and-lease 360 x 240

Triggers for Estate Planning Review

10 May 2021

If you are like most people, once you have (finally) signed your Will and other estate planning documents, you probably won’t look at them again for many years to come, if at all. However, estate plan ...


Important Wills and Estate considerations with changing COVID-19 restrictions

4 Aug 2020

The Victorian Government has this week announced that Metropolitan Melbourne will enter into stage 4 lockdown and rural Victoria will enter into stage 3 lockdown.

AJ-Divorce cover

Family Law Video Alert: Divorce

8 May 2020

Amy Jenkins, Principal from Russell Kennedy's Dispute Resolution team, outlines the divorce process and considerations for applying for divorce.