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Electronic Transactions Regulations 2020

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Regulations as amended, taking into account amendments up to Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response—Advice Fees) Regulations 2021
Administered by: Attorney-General's
Registered 13 Aug 2021
Start Date 01 Jul 2021
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Commonwealth Coat of Arms of Australia

Electronic Transactions Regulations 2020

made under the

Electronic Transactions Act 1999

Compilation No. 2

Compilation date:                              1 July 2021

Includes amendments up to:            F2021L00581

Registered:                                         13 August 2021

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Electronic Transactions Regulations 2020 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 1 July 2021 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Legislation Register (www.legislation.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Editorial changes

For more information about any editorial changes made in this compilation, see the endnotes.

Modifications

If the compiled law is modified by another law, the compiled law operates as modified but the modification does not amend the text of the law. Accordingly, this compilation does not show the text of the compiled law as modified. For more information on any modifications, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Self‑repealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.

  

  

  


Contents

1............ Name............................................................................................................................. 1

3............ Authority....................................................................................................................... 1

5............ Definitions..................................................................................................................... 1

6............ Exemptions from the Act............................................................................................... 1

Schedule 1—Laws of the Commonwealth to which certain provisions of the Act do not apply                                                                                                                                      2

1............ Laws of the Commonwealth to which certain provisions of the Act do not apply......... 2

Endnotes                                                                                                                                                                 9

Endnote 1—About the endnotes                                                                                                        9

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key                                                                                                          10

Endnote 3—Legislation history                                                                                                       11

Endnote 4—Amendment history                                                                                                     12


1  Name

                   This instrument is the Electronic Transactions Regulations 2020.

3  Authority

                   This instrument is made under the Electronic Transactions Act 1999.

5  Definitions

                   In this instrument:

Act means the Electronic Transactions Act 1999.

6  Exemptions from the Act

                   For the purposes of subsection 7A(2) of the Act, Schedule 1 specifies provisions of the Act that do not apply to specified laws of the Commonwealth.


Schedule 1Laws of the Commonwealth to which certain provisions of the Act do not apply

Note:       See section 6.

  

  

1  Laws of the Commonwealth to which certain provisions of the Act do not apply

                   A provision of the Act specified in column 2 of an item in the following table does not apply to the Commonwealth law specified in column 1 of the item.

 

Item

Column 1

Commonwealth law

Column 2

Provisions of the Act

1

Subordinate legislation made under the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999

Sections 9, 10 and 11

2

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999, Division 2 of Part 2

Sections 9, 10 and 11

3

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999, Part 3, Division 2 of Part 5, Division 1 of Part 6, Part 8, Division 1 of Part 8A and Part 8B

Sections 9, 10 and 11

4

Subordinate legislation made under the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999

Sections 9, 10 and 11

5

Aged Care Act 1997, sections 13–1, 15‑3, 15–5, 15–7, 16–2, 17–2, 22–3, 32–3, 35–2, 43–4, 43–5, 43‑6, 44‑23, 44–24, 44‑31, 47–4, 48‑11, 71‑1, 73–5, 81–2, 82‑2 and 85–5

Sections 9, 10 and 11

6

Aged Care Act 1997, sections 22‑5, 33‑4 and 71‑3

Section 11

7

Australian Crime Commission Act 2002, subsections 21A(1), 28(1) and 28(4)

Section 11

8

Australian Passports Act 2005

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

9

Australian Passports Determination 2015

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

10

Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

11

Subordinate legislation made under the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

12

The following provisions of the Banking Act 1959:

(a) subsections 13(1), 13B(1), 14A(2), 16AK(1) and 16B(1);

(b) section 61A;

(c) subsection 62(1);

(d) section 62E

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

13

Bills of Exchange Act 1909

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

14

Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Act 1994

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

15

Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Regulations 1997

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

16

Cheques Act 1986

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

17

Subordinate legislation made under the Cheques Act 1986

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

18

Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989, Part 6A

Sections 9, 10 and 11

19

The following provisions of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918:

(a) section 115;

(b) Part XV (other than sections 184 and 184A);

(c) Part XVA;

(d) Part XVI (other than subsections 202A(1), (2), (4) and (5))

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

20

Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Act 1911

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

21

Subordinate legislation made under the Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Act 1911

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

22

Competition and Consumer Act 2010, sections 44ZH, 95ZK, 95S, 133D, 155 and 155A

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

23

Corporations Act 2001

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

24

Subordinate legislation made under the Corporations Act 2001

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

25

Customs Act 1901, sections 42, 71DA, 114A, 117, 162 and 162A

Sections 9, 10 and 11

26

The following provisions of the Customs Act 1901:

(a) section 64AE;

(b) paragraph 124(1)(a);

(c) subsection 214B(4)

Section 11

27

Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956, regulation 4MA

Section 11

28

Customs Regulation 2015, section 27

Sections 9 and 10

29

Customs Regulation 2015, section 94

Sections 10 and 11

30

Customs Regulation 2015, section 99

Sections 9, 10 and 11

31

Evidence Act 1995, sections 161 and 162

Sections 14, 14A and 14B

32

Extradition Act 1988, subsections 26(1) and 38(1)

Sections 9 and 10

33

Extradition Act 1988, subsection 43(2)

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

34

Extradition Regulations 1988, subregulation 4(1)

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

35

Farm Household Support Act 2014

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

36

Health Insurance Act 1973, sections 89B, 105A and 106B

Section 11

37

The following provisions of the Insurance Act 1973:

(a) section 49;

(b) subsection 55(1);

(c) paragraphs 62C(1)(a) and 62C(2)(a);

(d) subsections 62ZD(1), 62ZOD(2), 62ZT(1), 62ZZP(1) and 77(1);

(e) paragraph 81(2)(a);

(f) sections 92H, 115 and 115AA

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

38

International Criminal Court Act 2002, subsection 65(3) and section 66

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

39

International War Crimes Tribunals Act 1995, subsection 18(2)

Sections 9 and 10

40

International War Crimes Tribunals Act 1995, subsections 27(2), 28(2) and 28(3)

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

41

International War Crimes Tribunals Regulations 1995, subregulation 6(1)

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

42

The following provisions of the Life Insurance Act 1995:

(a) sections 88B, 98B, 131, 132, 141 and 170;

(b) subsection 179AD(2);

(c) section 185

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

43

Maritime Powers Act 2013, section 57

Section 11

44

Migration Act 1958, subsections 379A(5), 441A(5) and 494B(5)

Sections 14, 14A and 14B

45

Migration Regulations 1994, paragraphs 2.55(3)(d), 2.55(3A)(d) and 2.55(3A)(f)

Sections 14, 14A and 14B

46

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004, sections 319, 323, 330, 405 and 406

Sections 9, 10 and 11

47

Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

48

Motor Vehicle Standards Regulations 1989

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

49

Mutual Assistance in Business Regulation Act 1992, subsections 10(2) and 10(3) and section 17

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

50

Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987, subsection 13(2)

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

51

Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Regulations, subregulation 3(1)

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

52

The following provisions of Schedule 1 to the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009:

(a) section 88;

(b) paragraph 99(1)(b);

(c) subsection 102(1);

(d) paragraphs 130(5)(a) and 130(6)(a);

(e) subsection 178(1);

(f) a provision that provides that duty is charged on a transaction only if the transaction is effected or evidenced by an instrument or document in hard copy form;

(g) a provision that provides that duty is charged on an instrument only if the instrument is in hard copy form

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

53

The following provisions of the National Consumer Credit Protection Regulations 2010:

(a) paragraphs 87(a) and 87(c);

(b) a provision that provides that duty is charged on a transaction only if the transaction is effected or evidenced by an instrument or document in hard copy form;

(c) a provision that provides that duty is charged on an instrument only if the instrument is in hard copy form

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

54

Navigation Act 2012, subsection 39(1) and sections 40 and 317

Section 11

55

Navigation Act 2012, section 309 and subparagraph 312(1)(b)(i)

Sections 9, 10 and 11

56

Navigation Act 2012, section 311

Section 12

57

Nuclear Non‑Proliferation (Safeguards) Act 1987

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

58

Nuclear Non‑Proliferation (Safeguards) Regulations 1987

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

59

Paid Parental Leave Act 2010, Parts 2‑4, 3‑5, 3A‑4, 4‑1, 5‑2, 5‑3 and 6‑2

Sections 9, 10 and 11

60

Subordinate legislation made under the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010

Sections 9, 10 and 11

61

Papua New Guinea (Members of the Forces Benefits) Act 1957

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

62

Papua New Guinea (Members of the Forces Benefits) Regulations 2016

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

63

Private Health Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2015, sections 13, 36, 73, 112, 128, 129 and 132

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

64

Protection of the Sea (1992 Fund) Regulations 1994, subregulation 24(1)

Section 11

65

Protection of the Sea (Civil Liability) Act 1981, subsections 15(4), 17(5) and 19C(2)

Section 11

66

Protection of the Sea (Civil Liability) Act 1981, subsections 15(1), 15(2), 15(3) and 19C(1)

Section 12

67

Protection of the Sea (Harmful Anti‑fouling Systems) Act 2006, subsection 16(4) and paragraphs 17(2)(g), 17(2)(h) and 17(2)(i)

Section 11

68

Protection of the Sea (Harmful Anti‑fouling Systems) Act 2006, subsections 13(1), 13(2), 15(1) and 15(2)

Section 12

69

Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983, subsection 11A(3)

Sections 9 and 12

70

The following provisions of the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983:

(a) subsections 12(2) and 14(3);

(b) paragraph 21A(1)(b);

(c) subsections 23(2) and 25(3)

Section 12

71

Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983, subsections 12(3), 12(7) and 23(8)

Section 10

72

Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983, subsection 12(6)

Sections 9 and 10

73

Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983, subsections 14(1) and 25(1)

Sections 11 and 12

74

Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983, subsections 14(6) and 25(6) and paragraph 27(1)(k)

Section 11

75

Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983, section 26G

Sections 9 and 11

76

Protection of the Sea (Supplementary Fund) Regulations 2009, subregulation 27(1)

Section 11

77

Public Service Act 1999, section 22

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

78

Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984, Parts III (other than subsections 16A(1), (2), (4) and (5)), IV and IVA

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

79

Registration of Deaths Abroad Act 1984

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

80

Registration of Deaths Abroad Regulations 1985

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

81

Retirement Savings Accounts Act 1997, sections 92, 93 and 100

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

82

Shipping Registration Act 1981

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

83

Shipping Registration Regulations 2019

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

84

Subordinate legislation made under the Social Security Act 1991

Sections 9, 10 and 11

85

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999, Divisions 1 and 6 of Part 3 and Division 1 of Part 5

Sections 9, 10 and 11

86

Subordinate legislation made under the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999

Sections 9, 10 and 11

87

Subordinate legislation made under the Social Security (International Agreements) Act 1999

Sections 9, 10 and 11

88

Statutory Declarations Act 1959

Section 10

89

Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993, other than the following provisions:

(a) subsection 20B(1A);

(b) paragraph 20B(3A)(b);

(c) subsection 29E(6B);

(d) subparagraph 29SAA(1)(a)(i);

(e) subsection 29SAA(3);

(f) sections 29WA, 29WB and 35B;

(g) subsections 68AAA(2), 68AAB(2) and 68AAC(2);

(h) subsection 99FA(1)

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

90

Subordinate legislation made under the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993, other than the following provisions:

(b) prudential standards made under section 34C of that Act;

(c) regulations 9.46 and 9.46A of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

91

Torres Strait Regional Authority (Election of Officeholders) Regulations 2019, sections 7 and 14

Subsection 8(1), Division 2 of Part 2 and sections 14, 14A, 14B and 15

92

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986, sections 5T, 30M and 79X

Sections 9, 10 and 11

93

Subordinate legislation made under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986

Sections 9, 10 and 11


 


Endnotes

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

The following endnotes are included in every compilation:

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

Endnote 3—Legislation history

Endnote 4—Amendment history

Abbreviation key—Endnote 2

The abbreviation key sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

Legislation history and amendment history—Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Editorial changes

The Legislation Act 2003 authorises First Parliamentary Counsel to make editorial and presentational changes to a compiled law in preparing a compilation of the law for registration. The changes must not change the effect of the law. Editorial changes take effect from the compilation registration date.

If the compilation includes editorial changes, the endnotes include a brief outline of the changes in general terms. Full details of any changes can be obtained from the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe the amendment to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, the amendment is incorporated into the compiled law and the abbreviation “(md)” added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the abbreviation “(md not incorp)” is added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

 

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

ad = added or inserted

o = order(s)

am = amended

Ord = Ordinance

amdt = amendment

orig = original

c = clause(s)

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

/sub‑subparagraph(s)

Ch = Chapter(s)

pres = present

def = definition(s)

prev = previous

Dict = Dictionary

(prev…) = previously

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

Pt = Part(s)

Div = Division(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

ed = editorial change

reloc = relocated

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

renum = renumbered

effect

rep = repealed

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rs = repealed and substituted

gaz = gazette

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LA = Legislation Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

effect

SR = Statutory Rules

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

Sub‑Ch = Sub‑Chapter(s)

cannot be given effect

SubPt = Subpart(s)

mod = modified/modification

underlining = whole or part not

No. = Number(s)

commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3—Legislation history

 

Name

Registration

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Electronic Transactions Regulations 2020

29 July 2020 (F2020L00956)

30 July 2020 (s 2(1) item 1)

 

Electoral Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Regulations 2021

19 Apr 2021 (F2021L00461)

Sch 1 (items 25–27): 20 Apr 2021 (s 2(1) item 1)

Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response—Advice Fees) Regulations 2021

14 May 2021 (F2021L00581)

Sch 2: 1 July 2021 (s 2(1) item 3)

 

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

s 2.............................................

rep LA s 48D

s 4.............................................

rep LA s 48C

Schedule 1

 

c 1.............................................

am F2021L00461; F2021L00581

Schedule 2................................

rep LA s 48C