The most significant changes to strata in over 20 years have been confirmed following the passage of the Strata Titles Amendment Bill 2018 and the Community Titles Bill 2018 on 1 November 2018 and 6 November 2018 respectively.
What happens now?
Landgate’s focus will now be on completing the regulations to support the amended Strata Titles Act 1985 and the new Community Titles Act 2018. Landgate will continue consulting with public, government, industry and community stakeholders on those regulations.
How to stay informed
For further information on the reforms, refer to the updated strata reform webpages.
Government opts for partial sale of Landgate.
Nick Evans The West Australian
Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:16PM
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti Picture: The West Australian, Simon Santi The West Australian
The State Government will sell off the profitable arm of WA’s land titles registry, but says it will not fully privatise Landgate.
Lands Minister Rita Saffioti announced today Landgate’s “automated registry services” would be put on the market, but its statutory functions, and other services, would be retained by the State Government.
It is understood the move will see the right to run property searches sent out to the private sector under a 50 year leasing deal, as well as automated property transfers – which make up about 90 per cent of title transfers in WA. But the underlying property data will remain the property of the State Government and Landgate staff have been told they are not likely to see further job losses as a result of the arrangement.
In a statement Treasurer Ben Wyatt said the Government would “retain ownership and oversight of the land titles register, and Landgate itself will continue to function as a statutory authority”.
The State Government hopes to get at least $650 million for the sale of the rights, saying the money will be used to fund a redress scheme for the victims of institutional sexual abuse.
Mr Wyatt said the Government would seek to cap charges for services sold by a private operator to the inflation rate plus 1 per cent.
Ms Saffioti said the Government will “will retain ownership and statutory responsibility for our land titles register, ensuring the security and integrity of the State's vital data asset”.
Further media release: https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2018/06/McGowan-Government-rejects-sale-of-Landgate.aspx
CIB 309: End of Financial Year Document Lodgement
18 June 2018
End of Financial year is traditionally a time of high lodgement activity. On Friday 29 June 2018, Landgate will support customers and industry with the following initiatives:
Settlement room availability - The settlement room inside our Perth Business Office will be available for customer use. We anticipate that this room will be in high demand on the day and we will continue to provide support and assistance.
Express queue - Three express terminals will be available for customers who have up to five documents to lodge. Customers using the express queues must pay via EFTPOS or cheque. Cash facilities will not be available at these counters.
Multiple documents - Landgate will set up additional workstations on the day for customers lodging more than five (5) documents.
Lodgement acceptability checklist - All documents presented for lodgement must be checked and pass against the lodgement acceptability checklist by a Landgate authorised officer. These resources will help customers with compliance and assist in reducing customer wait times:eConveyancing page.
Information Officer: To reduce customers waiting to see an Information Officer at the Perth office, Landgate have organised for an Information Officer to be located at SAI Global between:
11.00am – 1.00pm and 2.00pm – 3.30pm.
End of Financial Year business hours
Landgate lodgement hours remain strictly 8:30am to 4.30pm.
Documents will not be accepted for lodgement outside these hours.
It is the responsibility of the lodging party to ensure documents comply at lodgement and if they are subject to a non-compliance report, they must be made compliant prior to 4.30pm on 29 June 2018.
Delegate of Registrar of Titles
Source:CIB 309: End of Financial Year Document Lodgement
Regulated products and services
From 1 July 2018, Landgate’s regulated fees are due to increase approximately 1.5 per cent,
in line with the average forecast rate of the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
The proposed fees are available on our website. Please be aware these are subject to
approval from the Governor in Executive Council and publishing in the Government Gazette.
How will you manage change in 2018?
Are you ready for:
What will the rest of 2018 serve up to conveyancers?
Don’t get left behind!
AICWA is proud to have partnered with sponsors and key industry stakeholders to deliver a broad calendar of training events. We are committed to assisting you by delivering quality training outcomes as well as providing regular updates. As the peak industry body representing conveyancers locally and nationally, our access to key industry stakeholders means we are best positioned to deliver the knowledge you need.
Source: 9th February AICWA Education e-Newsletter
Change to Western Australian Registrar and Commissioner of Titles’ Joint Practice: Verification of Identity and Authority – fraud mitigation
31 January 2018
As foreshadowed and as part of their fraud mitigation strategy, the Western Australian Commissioner of Titles and the Registrar of Titles have updated their Joint Practice for Verification of Identity and Authority (VOI Practice) for paper-based transactions. The updated VOI Practice more closely aligns to the requirements for national electronic transactions. The changes seek to improve the integrity of information in the Western Australian Land Titles Register, reduce the risk of fraud and improper dealings, and remove confusion for customers and agents operating in both electronic and paper environments.
The key changes to the VOI Practice will:
• extend the requirement for verification of identity to property buyers and caveators lodging and withdrawing caveats;
• update the categories of documents needed to support verification of identity;
• update the procedures for conducting verification of identity in a foreign country; and
• improve the procedures for self-represented parties.
Like a scene from a piece of famous literature, Landgate will be scoped, to see what the current government can scrape together to prop up their budget.
Media statement here.
Other States media articles include;
New Commonwealth Government legislation came into effect on 1 July 2017 requiring more information to be provided to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) when ownership of a property changes. This applies to all buyers and sellers across Australia. The requirements are a COAG initiative to enable the ATO to develop consistent and comparable datasets in the national database, which will reduce tax error and increase tax compliance.
Every state and territory is implementing the data collection in accordance with individual state legislation. In Western Australia this initiative has been led by Landgate, supported by the Office of State Revenue.
THE REGISTRAR OF TITLES’ WITNESSING AND IDENTITY VERIFICATION
REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSFER OF LAND DOCUMENTS EXECUTED BY THE
TRANSFEROR(S) OUTSIDE OF AUSTRALIA
An example of documents requiring a qualified witness;
Application for Lost Title
Application by Personal Representative
Transfer of Land
When a client is overseas, the witnessing and verification of identity must be by consular officials, so be aware some travel may be required in order to attend an Australian Embassy or Consulate to have documents witnessed and certified.
Some relevant information for Overseas Sellers
Landgate (The Titles Registry in Western Australia) have provided specific guidelines for the signing of the Transfer together with requiring specific forms of identification.
The witness on a Transfer must be an Australian consular officer when the execution of a Land Titles Office document occurs outside of Australia.
An Australian consular officer is defined by section 145(4) of the Transfer of Land Act as a person appointed to hold or act in any of the following offices (being an office of the Commonwealth) in a country or place outside the Commonwealth.
This Customer Information Bulletin contains additional information and clarifies the procedures for the witnessing of transfer of land documents executed by transferors outside of Australia and the corresponding client identity verification required to be undertaken by the witness.
This CIB provides clarification and further details in relation to the instructions provided in CIB No. 206 of 18 August 2011.
The following Registrar’s requirements only relate to transfer of land documents where the transferor(s) executes the transfer outside of Australia.
The requirements as set out in this CIB are summarised as follows:
transfers of land executed by transferors outside of Australia are required to be witnessed by an Australian consular officer; prior to witnessing the execution of the transfer of land the Consular Officer is to undertake an identity check of the transferor(s) and provide certified copies of all the identity documents sighted; and conveyancers are to provide the original certified copies of the identity documents sighted by the Consular Officer who witnessed the transfer of land to the Registrar of Titles at the time of lodging the transfer of land at Landgate.
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