Amendments to the Conveyancing Act 1919 and the Real Property Act 1900 by the Conveyancing Legislation Amendment Act 2018, in support of eConveyancing, commenced on 22 November 2018. These amendments address the following key issues concerning electronic conveyancing:
- Clarifications regarding the application of the Conveyancing Act 1919 and the Real Property Act 1900 to electronic form contracts and electronic signatures – s 6C, 23C (2) and 54A (4);
- If a sale of land contract is in electronic form then those documents which must be attached to satisfy vendor disclosure obligations may also be in electronic form.
- Where a registry instrument (dealing, memorandum, caveat or priority notice) is lodged for registration, any other document supporting that instrument may be signed electronically: s 36 (1F) Real Property Act 1900;
- A client authorisation produced in electronic form may also be electronically signed: s 107 (1A) Real Property Act 1900; and
- Deeds are now able to be electronically signed and attested – Section 38A of the Conveyancing Act 1919 states that a deed may be created in electronic form and electronically signed and attested in accordance with Part 3. Notably, this includes leases.
The Sale and Purchase Commentaries as well as 1001 Conveyancing Answers within the By Lawyers Conveyancing Guide (NSW), which already cover eConveyancing in detail, have been updated to reflect these changes in support of eConveyancing.
The Commentary within the By Lawyers Leases (NSW) Guide has also been updated.