Land Titles In Australia

Land titles

Property legislation in all states and territories is based on the Torrens principle of registration of title. Each state and territory has a central register of all land in the state which shows the owner of the land. The land title is the official record. It can also include information about mortgages, covenants, caveats and easements.

Search facilities are provided by state and territory land titles registries.

See also Land transfer calculators.

Select your state or territory for further information.

ACT

Overview

Access Canberra is responsible for registration of all land related transactions pertaining to the purchase and sale of land and properties in the ACT and maintaining the land titles register under the Land Titles Act 1925.

Land Titles Office – Changes to Business Systems

The first release which includes access to online searching paying by Visa and MasterCard is now live! To visit ACTLIS (ACT Land Information System) please go to actlis.act.gov.au

ACTLIS will be upgraded over the next 18 months to provide a range of benefits. The use of ACTLIS no longer requires Citrix tokens and is accessed from your normal web browser. There will be several further releases progressively providing new features.

Please see updated practice manual in related resources – publications.

To speak with the Access Canberra about these changes, please email actlandtitles@act.gov.au or phone 13 22 81.

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NSW

Land titles

NSW Land Registry Services (NSW LRS) maintains the largest centralised land title registry in Australia. Nearly all freehold land titles in New South Wales are Torrens Titles, based on plans registered by NSW LRS which define the boundaries of each parcel of land. Every year, thousands of new land parcels are created through subdivision activity and NSW LRS issues a Certificate of Title for each new land parcel to provide proof of ownership.

Future transactions involving the land, called dealings, are also recorded on the Certificate of Title. Hundreds of thousands of these transactions occur in New South Wales each year. As well as buying and selling property, people take out mortgages, pay off mortgages, lease their property and inherit property, to name but a few.

A very small proportion of land in New South Wales is still owned under the common law deeds based system that was used before the introduction of the Torrens system in 1863. NSW LRS is currently converting remaining Old System parcels to the Torrens system.

All land title records registered are maintained in public registers.

Identity fraud

In any transaction affecting land, be it a sale or a purchase or establishing a mortgage over land, it is important to confirm the identity of the parties involved in the transaction.

To ensure you don’t become a victim of identity fraud when dealing with land, it is recommended that stringent processes be adopted in verifying the identity of person(s) claiming a right to deal with the land.

More information

From 1 August 2016 a Representative must take reasonable steps to verify the identity of clients or their agents, and persons to whom certificates of title are given see Verification of identity and the right to deal.

All land title records registered are maintained in public registers.All land title records registered are maintained in public registers.All land title records registered are maintained in public registers.All land title records registered are maintained in public registers.All land title records registered are maintained in public registers.All land title records registered are maintained in public registers.

NT

Definitions of land title terms

This page has definitions of common terms used in land titles in the Northern Territory (NT).

Land titles

A land title is kept in a register of land and can contain registered dealings including the following:

  • mortgages
  • transfers
  • leases
  • discharge of mortgages
  • and applications to replace land title certificates.

Caveats

A legal notice on a title stating a possible interest in addition to that of the owner.

You should get legal advice before you lodge a caveat.

Find out more about caveats.

Joint tenants

Joint tenants each have an equal interest in the whole of the property unlike tenants in common who have distinct shares in a property.

Upon the death of a joint tenant, the ownership of the land automatically belongs to the survivor.

It is usually not possible for a joint tenant to leave their share in a will or pass it on to a beneficiary where there is no will – unless the joint tenancy is broken up by law.

A company cannot be a joint tenant.

Tenant in common

Tenancy in common is when owners have distinct but undivided shares in the same property.

Although each person owns a specified portion of the property, none can identify a particular part of the property as being their share.

The major difference between tenants in common and joint tenants is that there is no right of survivorship with tenants in common.

When nominating tenancy in common on a transfer form you must also state the share holding applicable.

For example, owner A has a three-quarter share and owner B has the remaining quarter share.

When registering an instrument transferring an interest to co-owners, the Registrar-General must also register the co-owners as holding their interest as tenants in common or as joint tenants.

Subject to that section, if the instrument does not show whether co-owners are to hold as tenants in common or as joint tenants, the Registrar-General must register the co-owners as tenants in common.

Torrens title

All registered land in the NT is under Torrens Title.

Under the Torrens system an interest in the land is created by the registration of an instrument in the land register.

More property definitions

You can find more definitions of common property terms on the Real Estate Institute of the NT website.

This page has MANY definitions of common terms used in land titles in the Northern Territory (NT).

This page has MANY definitions of common terms used in land titles in the Northern Territory (NT).

This page has MANY definitions of common terms used in land titles in the Northern Territory (NT).

This page has MANY definitions of common terms used in land titles in the Northern Territory (NT).

QLD

Business Queensland

Titles and property

Learn about titles and property in Queensland. Access Title Registry forms, a fee calculator, dealing status search, and subscribe to alerts.

Christmas New Year closure

Titles Registry offices are closed during the Christmas New Year holiday period from Tuesday 25 December 2018 to Tuesday 1 January 2019 inclusive.

SA

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A Torrens title is a single certificate of title for an allotment of land.A Torrens title is a single certificate of title for an allotment of land.A Torrens title is a single certificate of title for an allotment of land.A Torrens title is a single certificate of title for an allotment of land.A Torrens title is a single certificate of title for an allotment of land.A Torrens title is a single certificate of title for an allotment of land.A Torrens title is a single certificate of title for an allotment of land.

TAS

Land Titles Office

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The Recorder of Titles is the statutory officer responsible for providing the community with certainty of title to land. This is achieved by the development and administration of legislation governing land dealings in Tasmania. The Torrens title system provides people, commerce and industry with significant economic advantages when dealing with land.

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FurtherInfo

​The Recorder of Titles is a data custodian under the Personal Information Protection Act 2004 and as such is required to provide a personal information protection statement when collecting personal information not exempt under that Act. A circular containing the statement can be found at Office Circular 4/2005.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact

Land Titles Office
Level 1, 134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 4444
Fax: 03 6223 8089
Email: Titles.Enquiries@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

The Torrens title system provides people, commerce and industry with significant economic advantages when dealing with land.The Torrens title system provides people, commerce and industry with significant economic advantages when dealing with land.The Torrens title system provides people, commerce and industry with significant economic advantages when dealing with land.The Torrens title system provides people, commerce and industry with significant economic advantages when dealing with land.The Torrens title system provides people, commerce and industry with significant economic advantages when dealing with land.

VIC

 

Product/service Charge $ (GST inclusive)
  Account holders Staff-assist search (personal attendance) Government internet service
Land Index Search 7.30 7.85 7.30
Owners Corporation Premium Report 7.30 7.85 7.30
Property Transaction Alert Service      
– 3-month subscription (title) 5.47   7.73
– 6-month subscription (title) 10.94   15.46
– 12-month subscription (title) 21.88   30.92
– 3-month subscription (plan) 4.13   4.13
– 6-month subscription (plan) 8.26   8.26
Cancelled Crown or Cancelled Title Search 7.28 11.15 10.51
Crown Folio Search 8.34 17.20 6.97
Crown Dealing Search 4.13 4.35 4.13
Crown Folio affected by Instrument 4.13 4.35 4.13
Dealing Search (inc: dealing status, pre-lodgement check, issue search, titles affected by instruments, electronic lodgement file search & verify title search)  

4.13

 

4.35

 

4.13

 

Dealing Activity on Title 1.32 4.50 3.56
Product/service Charge $ (GST inclusive)
  Account holders Staff-assist search (personal attendance) Government internet service
– image 3.50   7.03
– application to application (A2A) 3.24   6.77
– manual 5.75   9.28
Catchment and Land Protection Certificate 27.50 27.50 17.05
Sales History Report 2.89 5.45 2.89
Aerial photography      
– standard quality   7.30  
– high quality   14.55 14.55
Electronic conveyancing services provided by PEXA
Product/service Charge $
Lodgement & Support Services 1 – Comprehensive Package

*Comprising:

Pre-population of title data

Title Activity Check (unlimited)

Lodgement Verification (unlimited)

 

14.19 (GST inclusive, part)
Lodgement & Support Services 2 – Limited Package

*Comprising:

Pre-population of title data

Lodgement verification (unlimited)

 

9.44 (GST inclusive, part)
Lodgement & Support Services 3 – Resupply Package

*Comprising:

Pre-population of title data

 

5.67 (GST exempt)
*The price for each included service: Pre-population of title data, $5.67 (GST exempt) Title Activity Check (unlimited), $4.75 (GST included) Lodgement Verification (unlimited), $3.77 (GST included)    
Land Use Victoria search fees
Product/service Charge $ (GST exempt)
  Account holders Staff-assist search (personal attendance) Government internet service
 

Folio Search

 

8.34

 

17.40

 

6.97

Title Text & Diagram (folio search & plan search)

Comprising title particulars, including:

-Land description

-Current registered proprietorship

-List of any encumbrances & instruments. (The list provides the Instrument Number(s) but not the Instruments themselves.)

-A list of dealings within the last 125 days

-Diagram depicting boundaries & locations of the land by way of graphical or textual info.

16.62 34.80 13.60
Plan Search (title diagram or plan) A diagram depicting boundaries and locations of the land by way of graphical or textual information 8.28 17.40 6.63
Final Search A list of any dealings within the last 125 days 5.46 14.40 3.81
Instrument Search & Crown Instrument Comprises registered instruments under the Transfer of Land Act 1958 including caveats, covenants, mortgages etc. (per instrument) 6.56 15.50 4.91
Historical Search A statement listing the history of dealings on a title 15.60 32.80 11.90
Crown History 15.60 32.80 11.90
Water Register document/Water share Record 14.40 27.20 14.40
Certified Copy A certified copy of a search of a folio of the Register (certified folio search)   27.40  
A certified copy of document that defines the boundaries of land by way of graphical and textual information (certified plan search)   27.40  
A certified copy of a statement listing the dealings on a title (certified historical search)   42.80  
A certified copy of any registered instrument (certified instrument search)   25.50  

Contact us

Land Use Victoria location and contact details are available at www.propertyandlandtitles.vic.gov.au/contact-us.

 

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Pre-population of title data

Pre-population of title data

Title Activity Check (unlimited)

Lodgement Verification (unlimited)

Pre-population of title data

Title Activity Check (unlimited)

Lodgement Verification (unlimited)

Title Activity Check (unlimited)

Lodgement Verification (unlimited)

WA

Titles & surveys

Search for a title, survey or strata plan and associated documents. Simply enter a street address on our home page to find land ownership records, sales history reports and survey or strata plans. The state public register is a trusted source relied upon by business, government and the general community.

Certificate of Title

A Certificate of Title is an official land ownership record. You can order a copy of a Certificate of Title to find current ownership information for any property in Western Australia, even if you don’t own it.

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A Certificate of Title gives you:

  • current ownership details
  • volume and folio
  • survey plan number and type
  • document numbers for encumbrances and notifications
  • whether there is a caveat against the title.

A Certificate of Title is useful for:

  • checking current property ownership
  • home buyer and investor research
  • research by real estate agents
  • planning applications
  • completing Landgate forms.

What you need to order:

  • street address or volume and folio or lot on plan number
  • debit or credit card
  • email address.

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The quickest and easiest way is to order online.

REGISTER NUMBER
63/P3052
DUPLICATE
EDITION
1
DATE DUPLICATE ISSUED
N/A
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
RECORD OF CERTIFICATE OF TITLE
UNDER THE TRANSFER OF LAND ACT 1893
VOLUME FOLIO
1543 783
The person described in the first schedule is the registered proprietor of an estate in fee simple in the land described below subject to the
reservations, conditions, and depth limit contained in the original grant(if a grant issued) and to the limitations, interests, encumbrances and
notifications shown in the second schedule.
REGISTRAR OF TITLES
LAND DESCRIPTION:
LOT 63 ON PLAN 3052
REGISTERED PROPRIETOR:
(FIRST SCHEDULE)
ROBERT MAXWELL NEWTON
INGA ELIZABETH NEWTON
BOTH OF SHIRE OF SWAN
AS JOINT TENANTS
(T H791046) REGISTERED 25 NOVEMBER 1997
LIMITATIONS, INTERESTS, ENCUMBRANCES AND NOTIFICATIONS:
(SECOND SCHEDULE)
1. G64460X MORTGAGE TO BANK REGISTERED 25.11.1997
2. *G64461X CAVEAT BY H123456 LODGED 25.11.1997
Warning: Current search of the sketch of the land should be obtained where detail of position, dimensions or area of the lot is required.
*Any entries proceeded by an asterisk may not appear on the current edition of the duplicate certificate of title. Lot as described in the land
description may be a lot or location.
———————————————- END OF CERTIFICATE OF TITLE ———————————————-
STATEMENTS:
The statements set out below are not intended to be nor should they be relied on as substitutes for inspection of the land and the
relevant documents or for local government, legal, surveying or other professional advice.
SKETCH OF LAND: 1543-783
PREVIOUS TITLE: 1277-276
PROPERTY STREET ADDRESS: 53 MORRISON RD, WOODBRIDGE
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA: SHIRE OF SWAN
NOTE1: H92345 DEPOSITED PLAN 43567 LODGED

RECORD OF CERTIFICATE OF TITLE
UNDER THE TRANSFER OF LAND ACT 1893RECORD OF CERTIFICATE OF TITLE
UNDER THE TRANSFER OF LAND ACT 1893RECORD OF CERTIFICATE OF TITLE
UNDER THE TRANSFER OF LAND ACT 1893RECORD OF CERTIFICATE OF TITLE
UNDER THE TRANSFER OF LAND ACT 1893RECORD OF CERTIFICATE OF TITLE
UNDER THE TRANSFER OF LAND ACT 1893RECORD OF CERTIFICATE OF TITLE
UNDER THE TRANSFER OF LAND ACT 1893

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