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Consultation to modernise document execution across The Federation

Media Release

Attorney-General
Minister for Industrial Relations
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator for Western Australia
Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Assistant Minister for Electoral Matters
Assistant Minister to the Minister for the Public Service
The Hon Ben Morton MP

Joint media release

Businesses and individuals are being invited to have their say on how technology can be used to streamline the way statutory declarations and deeds are executed. Consultation will provide insights on how statutory declarations and deeds are used in the everyday transactions of Australians and inform advice to Treasurers and Attorneys General on a common approach to their execution.

This builds on the June 2021 Council on Federal Financial Relations agreement to work closely with the states and territories towards a common approach to document execution and follows temporary amendments made by some jurisdictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This provides us an opportunity to go back to first principles with stakeholders, to future-proof legislation and, for the first time in the history of federation, provide a common approach to document execution," Attorney-General, Michaelia Cash, said.

"The Government is committed to its plan for economic recovery, and modernising document execution will complement our Digital Economic Strategy and other reforms underway to modernise business communications."

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Ben Morton, said the Morrison Government was committed to modernising document execution.

"Giving businesses and individuals access to technologies that make document execution easier, while maintaining safeguards, is the way Australians want to engage digitally," Assistant Minister Morton said.

The consultation paper is available here with submissions closing on Friday 8 October 2021.

For more information on the Government’s Deregulation Agenda visit deregulation.pmc.gov.au