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  • NSW set to abolish paper Certificates of Title
  • South Australia will switch on ePlanning platform tomorrow
  • Conveyancing changes will soon take place in mid-April

Some might remember when analogue television was finally switched off in 2013 – it isn’t just television that’s going digital.

The Property Tribune recently reported South Australia will switch on its ePlanning system for planning and development tomorrow, Land Services South Australia also making the move to digital, with potential changes on the cards aligning with the digital recommendations made by the Australian Registrars’ National Electronic Conveyancing Council (ARNECC). Those recommendations come into effect on 12 April 2021.

New South Wales is now on trend as well, the New South Wales Registrar Generals office made similar announcements to Land Services South Australia earlier in March, the New South Wales state government now also proposing a bill to completely transition to eConveyancing.

The bill was introduced to parliament by Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello on 17 March 2021, titled: The Real Property Amendment (Certificates of Title) Bill 2021.

Minister Dominello proposes to abolish paper certificates altogether before the end of this year through the bill, including other changes designed “to strengthen and future-proof the land titles system in NSW.”

Paper is said to be a 150 year old system and is noted by the Registrar Generals office as being “the weakest link in the chain”, one issue including being open to property-related fraud as a “result of an illegally-obtained CT being used to dupe unsuspecting lenders into loaning money.”

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