What is eConveyancing?
Electronic conveyancing (eConveyancing) is the online preparation and lodgement of property title documents and the disbursement of funds.
The Registrar of Titles, an independent statutory officer, has the view that eConveyancing better ensures the security, integrity and accuracy of Western Australia’s Land Titles Register.
The Registrar and Landgate have worked to support industry through the change since the first eConveyancing transaction in 2014. Find out more about the timeline.
On 24 November 2017, Transfer of Land Regulations were gazetted requiring the electronic lodgement of the following classes of registry instruments by 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 and eligible land title documents.
The Registrar of Titles has granted a general exemption on public interest grounds from the requirement to electronically lodge the above classes of Registry instruments until 1 December 2018.
This action will ensure a smooth industry transition and give all industry practitioners time to adjust to electronic conveyancing.
Are you ready?
The Registrar appreciates that many practitioners and industry participants are already transacting electronically and strongly urges the remainder of the industry to transition to electronic conveyancing as soon as possible, but certainly before 1 December 2018 when the general exemption will expire.
All new eligible, stand-alone transfers, caveats and withdrawal of caveats and any lodgement case consisting of eligible discharges, transfers, mortgages, caveats and withdrawal of caveats to be lodged electronically from 1 December 2018.
In-flight transactions won't be affected, this means that an offer and acceptance (O&A) dated on or after 1 December 2018 which results in an eligible transaction will be required to be lodged electronically. Contracts dated prior to 1 December 2018 can still be lodged over the counter at Landgate.
A standalone caveat or withdrawal of caveat where executed on or after 1 December 2018 and that is eligible must be lodged electronically.