Using technology to make documents during COVID-19
Temporary new laws apply to the making, signing and witnessing of wills, enduring powers of attorney, advance health directives, affidavits, statutory declarations, general powers of attorney and particular mortgages. New laws also apply to how deeds can be made and oaths can be administered.
This temporary regulation will help reduce face-to-face contact and protect the health, safety and welfare of Queenslanders during the COVID-19 emergency. The regulation relates to sections 8 and 9 of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020.
Wills, enduring powers of attorney and advance health directives can be witnessed over video by a special witness during the COVID-19 crisis.
Affidavits can be witnessed over video by a special witness during the COVID-19 crisis.
Statutory declarations can be witnessed by additional people or over video by a special witness during the COVID-19 crisis.
Oaths can be administered over video during the COVID-19 crisis.
Making deeds and particular mortgages during the COVID-19 pandemic and when it is ok to make and sign them electronically.
Documents authorising others to act on your behalf can be witnessed by a special witness by video to maintain social distancing during the pandemic.