Bulletin No. 297 | 11 July 2017
Electronic lodgement of land transfer by regulation
Taking into consideration industry feedback, the Registrar of Titles has revised the information published in CIB289.
The Registrar will now require the move to electronic lodgement of land transfer documents via an Electronic Lodgement Network Operator (ELNO) by regulation.
The regulations are expected to be in place during Q4 2017.
From 1 December 2017, all eligible mortgages, discharges of mortgages and refinances must be lodged electronically.
From 1 May 2018 all eligible, stand-alone transfers, caveats and withdrawal of caveats and any lodgement case consisting of eligible discharges, transfers, mortgages, caveats and withdrawal of caveats must be lodged electronically.
The Registrar of Titles and the Minister for Lands are in agreement that this approach is fair and clear, and provides the necessary legal clarity for government and industry.
With current market conditions, and the extra time allowed to prepare for the changes, the Minister and Registrar encourage all settlement agents to inform themselves on e-conveyancing, register and begin transacting electronically as soon as possible.
Landgate has provided considerable information to industry on the nature of the changes, and has sponsored the Australian Institute of Conveyancers, Western Australian branch to provide its electronic conveyancing accreditation program. There has also been a series of roadshows presented by Property Exchange Australia (PEXA) to take interested settlement agents through the electronic lodgement process and answer any questions. Landgate will continue to support industry through this transition.
If you have questions, please contact Customer Service on (08) 9273 7373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.