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Signing and other changes become permanent from 30 April

Proclamation No.2—Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2021 (commencing remaining provisions) was made last week and fixes 30 April 2022 for the commencement of the following provisions of the Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2021:

1 parts 3 and 4 relating to amendments to the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 and Domestic and Family Violence Protection Rules 2014

2 parts 6 to 8 relating to amendments to the Oaths Act 1867, Powers of Attorney Act 1998 and Property Law Act 1974;

3 part 9 which repeals

• the Domestic and Family Violence Protection (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020; and

• the Justice Legislation (COVID-19 Emergency Response—Documents and Oaths) Regulation 2020; and

4 part 10 and the Schedule 1 which make consequential amendments to other legislation.

This means that the permanent changes to laws relating to the signing of affidavits, statutory declarations, deeds and some powers of attorney will take effect from 30 April 2022 and will replace the measures in the emergency regulation.

Read our previous Proctor article outlining the reforms.

Amendments have also been made to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) to allow companies to execute documents electronically. See a summary of these amendments.

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