Electronic signatures are a valid and legally binding way of executing agreements in Australia. Victorian legislation, through the Electronic Transactions (Victoria) Act 2000, provides for the use of electronic signatures, however, building surveyors currently lack clear guidance about how this legislation may be applied in the building industry. This reliance on hard copy signatures makes it more difficult to exchange information and for people to execute agreements and build homes.
Victorian legislation, through the Electronic Transactions (Victoria) Act 2000, already provides for the use of electronic signatures. The Government will give consideration to how best practitioners can be assisted to take advantage of the use of electronic communication.
To support a move to increased use of electronic transactions, the Regulatory Impact Statement being prepared for the Building Regulations 2017 will consider options to reduce the number of hard copies of documents which must be provided to the relevant building surveyor as part of a building permit application.