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.
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 had 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 general exemption has now expired.
Providing faster, safer settlement of property transactions
In 2008, a Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) agreement challenged all states to introduce electronic conveyancing as part of the Commonwealth’s push towards a national seamless economy.
Since then, Landgate has engaged with stakeholders to develop electronic conveyancing as an initiative to increase productivity, improve the security and integrity of land tenure information, and bring the conveyancing industry into the digital age.
In 2014, Landgate received its first transaction via an Electronic Lodgement Network Operator. Landgate has since made mortgages and discharges of mortgage, caveats and withdrawals of caveats, and transfers possible electronically. Landgate is now committed to bringing the whole industry into the electronic age - the system doesn't offer its benefits unless everyone uses it.
The move to paperless conveyancing
In August 2016, Landgate introduced changes to the lodgement process for mortgages and discharge of mortgages affecting mortgagees, their conveyancers, lawyers and lodging agents.
The next step of the process towards paperless conveyancing is to require additional eligible document types to be lodged electronically.
These regulations were gazetted on 24 November 2017, meaning that from:
- December 2017, all eligible mortgages, discharges of mortgages and refinances must be lodged electronically
- 1 December 2018, 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 must be lodged electronically. In-flight transactions won’t be affected.
For information on eligible documents and transactions, see the information sheet: Document eligibility list. For all other enquiries, please call Customer Service on +61 (0)8 9273 7373 or 1300 556 224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.