In the digital era there is much uncertainty about whether documents executed electronically are valid, yet the practice is well established in many industries. Documents signed through cloud-based platforms will generally satisfy the legal requirements for signing and writing not only when electronic transactions law is applied but under general law as well.
E-Signatures have been gaining traction in recent years, especially since the American tech firm DocuSign entered the Australian market. The program simplifies the signing and execution of a wide range of documents, including rental agreements, work orders, subcontractor agreements and other contracts. While the validity of DocuSign is yet to be tested in Australian courts, it has withstood seven challenges in the United States with each case successfully upholding the agreements. However e-signatures would not be appropriate in some cases, such as wills requiring signature or leases longer than three years that must be lodged at the Land Registry.