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ELECTRONIC TRANSACTIONS ACT 1999 - NOTES

Act No. 162 of 1999 as amended

This compilation was prepared on 22 June 2011
taking into account amendments up to Act No. 33 of 2011

The text of any of those amendments not in force
on that date is appended in the Notes section

The operation of amendments that have been incorporated may be
affected by application provisions that are set out in the Notes section

Prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing,
Attorney-General's Department, Canberra

  

  

  


Contents

Part 1--Introduction                                                                                                             1

1............ Short title [see Note 1] ........................................................................ 1

2............ Commencement [see Note 1] .............................................................. 1

3............ Object .................................................................................................. 1

4............ Simplified outline ................................................................................ 1

5............ Definitions .......................................................................................... 3

6............ Crown to be bound ............................................................................. 5

7............ External Territories .............................................................................. 5

7A......... Exemptions under the regulations ....................................................... 5

7B......... Other exemptions ................................................................................ 5

Part 2--Application of legal requirements to electronic communications                7

Division 1--General rule about validity of transactions for the purposes of laws of the Commonwealth                                                                                                                         7

8............ Validity of electronic transactions ....................................................... 7

Division 2--Requirements under laws of the Commonwealth                 8

9............ Writing ................................................................................................ 8

10.......... Signature ........................................................................................... 10

11.......... Production of document .................................................................... 11

12.......... Retention ........................................................................................... 14

Division 3--Other provisions relating to laws of the Commonwealth 17

14.......... Time of dispatch ................................................................................ 17

14A....... Time of receipt .................................................................................. 17

14B....... Place of dispatch and place of receipt ................................................ 18

15.......... Attribution of electronic communications .......................................... 19

Part 2A--Additional provisions applying to contracts involving electronic communications      21

15A....... Application and operation of this Part ............................................... 21

15B....... Invitation to treat regarding contracts ................................................ 21

15C....... Use of automated message systems for contract formation--non-intervention of natural person              22

15D....... Error in electronic communications regarding contracts .................... 22

15E........ Application of Act in relation to contracts ......................................... 23

15F........ No interference with powers and functions of another jurisdiction ... 23

Part 3--Miscellaneous                                                                                                        25

16.......... Regulations ....................................................................................... 25

17.......... Transitional provisions--Electronic Transactions Amendment Act 2011                 25

Schedule 1--Exemption of migration and citizenship documents from section 11             26

1............ Exempt migration documents ............................................................ 26

2............ Exempt citizenship documents .......................................................... 27

3............ Schedule does not limit section 13 .................................................... 27

Notes                                                                                                                                              29


  

Notes to the Electronic Transactions Act 1999

Note 1

The Electronic Transactions Act 1999 as shown in this compilation comprises Act No. 162, 1999 amended as indicated in the Tables below.

For all relevant information pertaining to application, saving or transitional provisions see Table A.

Table of Acts

Act

Number
and year

Date
of Assent

Date of commencement

Application, saving or transitional provisions

Electronic Transactions Act 1999

162, 1999

10 Dec 1999

15 March 2000 (see Gazette 1999, No. GN10)

 

Statute Law Revision Act 2005

100, 2005

6 July 2005

Schedule 1 (item 13): (a)

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Australian Citizenship (Transitionals and Consequentials) Act 2007

21, 2007

15 Mar 2007

Schedules 1-3: 1 July 2007 (see s. 2(1) and F2007L01653)
Remainder: Royal Assent

Sch. 3 (items 14, 20)

Electronic Transactions Amendment Act 2011

33, 2011

25 May 2011

Schedule 1: 22 June 2011
Remainder: Royal Assent

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(a)     Subsection 2(1) (item 9) of the Statute Law Revision Act 2005 provides as follows:

                 (1)   Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

9.  Schedule 1, item 13

Immediately after the commencement of paragraph 11(6)(a) of the Electronic Transactions Act 1999.

15 March 2000


Table of Amendments

ad. = added or inserted  am. = amended     rep. = repealed     rs. = repealed and substituted

Provision affected

How affected

Part 1

 

Ss. 4, 5..............................

am. No. 33, 2011

Ss. 7A, 7B..........................

ad. No. 33, 2011

Part 2

 

Division 1

 

S. 8....................................

am. No. 33, 2011

Division 2

 

Note to s. 9.......................

rep. No. 33, 2011

S. 10..................................

am. No. 33, 2011

Note to s. 10.....................

rep. No. 33, 2011

S. 11..................................

am. No. 100, 2005

Note to s. 11.....................

rep. No. 33, 2011

Note to s. 12.....................

rep. No. 33, 2011

S. 13..................................

rep. No. 33, 2011

Division 3

 

S. 14..................................

rs. No. 33, 2011

Ss. 14A, 14B......................

ad. No. 33, 2011

S. 15..................................

am. No. 33, 2011

Part 2A

 

Part 2A...............................

ad. No. 33, 2011

Ss. 15A-15F......................

ad. No. 33, 2011

Part 3

 

S. 17..................................

ad. No. 33, 2011

Schedule 1

 

C. 2................................

rs. No. 21, 2007


Table A

Application, saving or transitional provisions

Australian Citizenship (Transitionals and Consequentials) Act 2007
(No. 21, 2007)

Schedule 3

14  Definition

In this Part:

commencement day means the day on which sections 2A to 54 of the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 commence.

20  Application--Electronic Transactions Act 1999

The amendment made by item 27 of Schedule 1 applies in relation to documents required or permitted to be produced on or after the commencement day.


 



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