The Electronic Transactions (Contract Formation) Amendment Bill has been introduced to clarify that a contract that can be accepted by electronic communication is deemed to be accepted at the time of receipt of the acceptance by the offeror. This ensures that the general rule of contract formation is applied to contracts accepted by electronic communications.

Currently there is some uncertainty as to whether the "postal acceptance rule" in Adams v Lindsell (which held that when an offer was accepted by post, the contract was deemed to have been formed from the moment the acceptance was posted) would be extended by the courts to apply to offers accepted by electronic communications.