The Electronic Transaction Bill 2011 was introduced in the House of Representatives on January 19 2011.
The Bill seeks “to give legal effect to electronic documents, electronic records, electronic signatures and electronic transactions”
Several concerns were raised by the Opposition and the Bill went into committee stage in the House of Representatives with several changes made.
In the Senate, more concerns were raised by Independent and Opposition Senators and the Bill went into the Committee Stage in the Senate with amendments made.
The House of Representatives approved the changes and the Bill was assented on April 28 2011.
Parts I, II, III and IV of the Electronic Transactions Act was proclaimed on January 6 2012. Part VII of the Act was proclaimed on January 18 2012.
Electronic Transactions Bill 2011 (PDF ; 241K)
Electronic Transactions Bill 2011 (PDF ; 158K) – after amendments in the House of Representatives and the Senate
Electronic Transactions Act 2011 (PDF ; 181K)
Parliament’s website on the Electronic Transactions Bill / Act 2011 showing the Hansard of the sessions when the Bill was discussed in the House of Representatives and the Senate.