Electronic signatures are becoming more and more popular to speed up processing times, accuracy and to reduce paper.
E-Signatures are being used to replace the paper version of signing children in and out of care. In the future, a parent’s E-Signature can be used for other purposes, such as signing authorisation forms, updating details etc.
The Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 (National Law) defines “sign” as including ‘the affixing of a seal or the making of a mark” (section 12 of schedule 1). This allows electronic signatures or password protected records to be used to meet the requirements of the National Law and National Regulations.