Land Matters November 2016
In this issue:
Landgate and Ajilon win Premier’s Award for developing the economy
Landgate has received a Premier’s Award for the New Land Registry (NLR) project under the Developing the Economy category. Landgate developed the NLR in collaboration with its commercial partner Ajilon.
The NLR is our innovative cloud-based computing platform that automates more than 50 per cent of land transactions, driving down document processing times and costs.
Landgate Chief Executive Mike Bradford said it was an honour to receive the Premier’s Award.
“Landgate has a strong tradition of exploring, from the first Surveyor General John Septimus Roe arriving on the shores of Western Australia in 1829 to the forward thinking of our people today,” Mike said.
“In 2013 our Innovation Program explored an idea to embrace digital disruption and revolutionise the 19th century Torrens system. It revolutionises the way land transactions are conducted state-wide, nationally and internationally.
“The huge success of the project in WA has been the result of a sustained vision of what we could achieve from many people across the business. I would like to acknowledge the NLR team for their strong support in particular our project partner Ajilon, General Manager Finance Information and Legal Services John Wreford and Registrar of Titles Jean Villani.”
The NLR has a total project saving of $52 million across the first five years of operation in Western Australia.
It also has the potential to deliver estimated savings of hundreds of millions of dollars per annum to Australian land registries, mortgagors and mortgagees.
Landgate, the WA economy and people are reaping the rewards of our decision to embrace the digital marketplace.
Howzat?! The WACA now and then
Bowl over to 1970 when the first ever Test Match was held at the WACA between Australia and England. Ian Redpath and Greg Chappell both scored centuries for Australia guiding the team to a seven wicket win.
Slide between 1970 and now to see all the stands in place around the ground and all the other changes around East Perth.
Landgate has a selection of historical maps, charts, photographs and Crown plans dating back from 100 years ago to early settlement. Original documents drafted by early explorers and notable pioneers can be reproduced on quality photographic paper at a size to suit you. Read more.
Landgate shares expertise with Sri Lanka
Landgate is sharing its knowledge about land administration with the Sri Lankan Government this month during a fellowship program involving eight participants.
The Sri Lanka Ministry of Lands employees are taking part in a four-week land administration Australia Awards Fellowship based at Landgate’s Midland building.
The Australia Awards Fellowship is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) with the intention of building relationships and sharing knowledge and technical expertise with developing nations.
The fellows have a diverse range of skills in areas including valuation, land administration, registration, surveying and mapping.
Landgate Chief Executive Mike Bradford said the agency was looking forward to showing the fellows what Western Australia and the Midland community has to offer.
“Landgate is proud of its role as the guardian of property ownership in Western Australia,” Mr Bradford said.
“We provide a secure land titles system, impartial land valuation services and location information.
“We’re also leaders in public sector innovation. We have a dedicated Innovation Program and recently ranked 22nd on the Australian Financial Review Most Innovative Companies list.
“Not only is this a fantastic opportunity to share our expertise, we are looking forward to building professional relationships with the fellows.”
As well as undergoing training at Landgate, the fellows will tour a range of Swan Valley attractions, rehabilitation projects along the Swan River foreshore in Woodbridge, and heritage areas including the Midland Railway Workshops.
New laws passed for buying lots off the plan
The Sale of Land Amendment Bill 2016 passed through Parliament on 10 November 2016.
The Act clarifies the obligations of developers and buyers when purchasing a lot off the plan and provides greater transparency for buyers.
The new laws support the release of new subdivisions onto the property market while also protecting buyers.
The purpose of the Sale of Land Act 1970 is to:
- protect purchasers of lots in a subdivision where the developer is not yet the owner of the land
- provide a more certain contractual framework relating to the rights and obligations between the developer and purchaser.
Read the Ministerial media statement.