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COVID-19: New options for executing NSW paper land dealings and instruments during the pandemic

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Restrictions imposed as a result of COVID-19 have made it difficult to prepare, sign and witness paper land dealings

From 27 April 2020, changes to the Conveyancing Rules temporarily allow paper land dealings, plans and Section 88B instruments to be signed electronically. These documents may also be witnessed electronically using an audio visual link during the COVID-19 restriction, under the Electronic Transactions Amendment (COVID-19 Witnessing of Documents) Regulation 2020 which commenced on 22 April 2020.

These temporary changes do not alter any existing requirements for execution and certification, verification of identity or establishing the right to deal.

Please refer to the following publications for more information about signing and witnessing documents, and for general information about how we are responding to COVID-19: