Australia’s Uniform Electronic Transactions Acts to be Aligned with the United Nations Convention
Canberra, Australia (News4us.com) February 10, 2011
Attorney-General Robert McClelland today introduced the Electronic Transactions Amendment Bill 2011 into the House of Representatives to ensure Australia’s electronic transactions legislation keeps pace with technological change.
“I am pleased to announce that the Commonwealth has introduced its version of the Model Electronic Transactions Amendment Bill that was developed and approved by the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General last year,” Mr McClelland said.
The Bill will update the Electronic Transactions Act 1999 to reflect internationally recognised standards on electronic commerce and bring Australia’s electronic transactions legislation into the 21st century.
“These reforms will provide increased legal certainty in trade by electronic means, and will encourage the continual growth of electronic contracting both domestically and internationally,” Mr McClelland said.
The amendments will align Australia’s uniform Electronic Transactions Acts with the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts 2005.
Once the amendments are enacted in all jurisdictions, the Government will move to accede to the UN Convention.
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