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Transfer of Land Act brings changes

12/6/2018
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The amendments to the TLA have achieved a second reading in Parliament.This Bill aims to amend three key areas of the Transfer of Land Act 1893 (TLA). It:1. Modifies the definition of counterpart documents to improve the processing of mortgages electronically;2. Enables electronic service of many types of notice under the TLA; and3. Removes duplicate certificates of title from the conveyancing process, resulting in greater ability to conduct land transactions in a fully electronic environment.In its submission to Landgate AICWA called for...

GST and Residential contract

8/6/2018
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Just a reminder that GST is now a query of every Residential contract dated on & post 1/7/18. Not just the obvious ‘new land or new builds’, since ‘New Residential Premises’ under the Taxation administration act, may still be quite aged properties!“The term ‘new residential premises’ is defined in s 40-75 of the GST Act:Residential premises are new residential premises if they:a. have not previously been sold as residential premises and have not previously been the subject of a long-term lease; orb. have...

Sympli-New e-Settlement Platform on the horizon

31/5/2018
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Sympli – New e-Settlement Platform on the horizonInfoTrack and the ASX Limited have announced the establishment of Sympli, an alternative electronic settlement platform. The new platform is expected to roll out later this year once it has received regulatory approval.For further information see:Today’s press releaseSympli website

Industry Report – Impacts of e-Conveyancing on the conveyancing industry

6/1/2018
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Deloitte Access Economics have delivered a paper on the “Impacts of e-Conveyancing on the conveyancing industry”. Current net benefit in WA is indicated as being in the negative, but future expectations for 2020-21, where usage increases to 100%, predicts a turnaround 400 times greater than the current benefit experienced by the industry.The cost to practitioners of having to abandon an electronic workspace is also estimated at $69, however, it was estimated that a practitioner could benefit from time saving of...