Updates to Conveyancing Rules during the COVID-19 pandemic

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The option to sign dealings and plans electronically has now been extended to March 2021, to assist customers during the pandemic.

Version 2 of the Conveyancing Rules – (COVID-19 Pandemic) Amendment was published on 28 September, extending the operation of the temporary changes.

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 Division 1 Part 2B of the Electronic Transactions Act 2000.

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 our COVID-19 updates page for more information about signing and witnessing documents, and other online options during this time.

A summary of online measures available from NSW Land Registry Services (NSW LRS) can be found here.