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Change your residential, postal or company address. If you don't do this your old address will remain on the certificate of title.
Your Certificate of Title needs to be updated if you have changed your name. Read more to find out how to change your name on your Certificate of Title.
Notification of a death
While Land Services SA cannot provide legal advice on property transactions, we have developed resources to assist you, should you decide to prepare and lodge your own legal documents as a self-represented party.
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Registrar-General’s LTO Fee Calculator.
The property transfer fees calculator quickly figures the stamp duty
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The Registrar-General’s Plan Presentation Guidelines (PPG) describes the requirements for property related plans lodged Land Services SA in South Australia.
Surveying and lodging organisations can electronically submit the following plan types with Land Services SA (LSSA) using the Electronic Plan Lodgement (EPL) system:
Electronic Conveyancing (eConveyancing) allows practitioners and financial institutions to lodge and settle conveyancing transactions in an electronic workspace provided by an Electronic Lodgement Network Operator (ELNO). A paper lodgement channel remains available for self-represented parties.
The electronic platform enables parties to:
Enquiries relating to the preparation, data entry, and resulting error messages for electronic documents, should in the first instance be referred to the Electronic Lodgement Network Operator to which you subscribe.
There are two approved Electronic Lodgement Network Operators (ELNO) in South Australia:
To find out more, including information on becoming a subscriber to lodge dealings electronically, visit www.pexa.com.au or www.sympli.com.au
The Registrar-General has mandated the electronic lodgement of the following dealings. These dealings represent approximately 92% of the total dealings lodged:
Dealing Executed on or after
Discharge of Mortgage
3 April 2017
12 February 2018
Mortgage (justification for change of mortgagor name)
3 August 2020
Discharge of Encumbrance
Withdrawal of Caveat
Application to Register Death by Survivor
Surrender of Lease
Surrender of Underlease
Transfer of Mortgage
Transfer of Encumbrance
The Registrar-General has agreed that where one or more of the following circumstances apply, the dealing will be exempt from electronic lodgement and Land Services SA will accept the dealing lodged in paper.
Dealings which fit one or more of the following circumstances are considered not electronically tradable and are exempt from electronic lodgement:
The mandatory electronic lodgement of a MORTGAGE dealing will not apply when:
The mandatory electronic lodgement of a DISCHARGE OF MORTGAGE dealing will not apply when:
The mandatory electronic lodgement of a TRANSFER OF MORTGAGE dealing will not apply when:
The mandatory electronic lodgement of a CAVEAT dealing will not apply when:
The mandatory electronic lodgement of a WITHDRAWAL OF CAVEAT dealing will not apply when:
The mandatory electronic lodgement of an ENCUMBRANCE dealing will not apply when:
The mandatory electronic lodgement of a DISCHARGE OF ENCUMBRANCE dealing will not apply when:
The mandatory electronic lodgement of a TRANSFER OF ENCUMBRANCE dealing will not apply when:
The mandatory electronic lodgement of a TRANSFER dealing will not apply when:
The mandatory electronic lodgement of a TRANSMISSION APPLICATION dealing will not apply when:
The mandatory electronic lodgement of an APPLICATION TO REGISTER DEATH dealing will not apply when:
The mandatory electronic lodgement of a LEASE dealing will not apply when:
The mandatory electronic lodgement of a UNDERLEASE dealing will not apply when:
The mandatory electronic lodgement of a SURRENDER OF LEASE dealing will not apply when:
The mandatory electronic lodgement of a SURRENDER OF UNDERLEASE dealing will not apply when:
The mandatory electronic lodgement of a Transfer of Lease dealing does not apply.
The mandatory electronic lodgement of a Transfer of Underlease dealing does not apply.
To deal with “Work in Progress”, Land Services SA will accept the paper lodgement of a mandated dealing where the dealing is executed prior to the date for mandatory electronic lodgement of the dealing.
New functionality has been introduced to enable the electronic lodgement of dealings which were previously not electronically tradable. These are known as ‘residual dealings’. Residual Dealings will continue to be introduced incrementally, with notice being provided to industry as additional dealings become available.
A User Guide has been developed that details the Residual Dealings that can currently be lodged electronically in South Australia, and includes a summary of the requirements for each. This User Guide will continue to be updated as additional functionality is introduced to allow the lodgement of additional Residual Dealings.
At this stage, the electronic lodgement of eligible Residual Dealings is not mandatory.
On 12 June 2019, the Registrar-General exercised discretion under section 273(2) of the Real Property Act 1886 (the Act) to exempt all of the classes of instrument prescribed by regulation under Part 4 Regulation 12(2) of the Real Property Regulations 2009 (the Regulations) from all of the certification requirements under section 273(1) of the Act.
The Registrar-General has now revoked that exercise of discretion and, pursuant to section 273(2) of the Act, exempts only the classes of instrument listed in the attached Schedule (from those classes of instrument prescribed by regulation under Part 4 Regulation 12(2) of the Regulations) from all of the certification requirements under section 273(1) of the Act.
Land Services SA, together with the Office of the Registrar-General have published responses to some of the industry’s most frequently asked questions.
Please view the eConveyancing FAQs here
E-Conveyancing Tip of the Month
Did you know that the most common patent error in both Paper and Electronic Environments is in relation to a Transmission Application (TA)?
When preparing a Transmission Application by Personal Representatives (TA) it is important to check the grant of Probate to determine if leave has been reserved for the non-proving executor(s) to obtain Probate.
Where leave has been reserved, the capacity in the PEXA workspace should be entered as:
Executor Leave Reserved
By ensuring the correct selection you avoid requisition and delays in the registration of your dealing.
Do you want to know more about this? Please check out the LSSA Industry Education Hub
There is a recording of one of our webinars which will assist, make sure you pay extra attention to Slide 11.
LSSA Industry Education Series 1 Webinar 3: Electronic Lodgement Policies and Procedures – click here to view the recording
Sections 32 & 49 of the Development Act 1993 have been repealed and replaced by Sections 101 & 131 respectively of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDIA).
Lodging parties are reminded that development approval may in certain circumstances be required to lease portion of an allotment.
It is the responsibility of the certifying party to ensure that a lease or underlease does not contravene the relevant provisions of the PDIA.
Lease and Underlease Form Changes
A statement that the lease or underlease does not contravene the relevant section of the PDIA (formerly Development Act) is no longer required on the lease and underlease forms.
Instead, this is covered by the prescribed certification that the ‘Certifier has taken reasonable steps to ensure that the Registry Instrument or Document is correct and compliant with relevant legislation and any Prescribed Requirement.’
PEXA Lease and Underlease forms have now been updated to remove the relevant panel and mandatory electronic lodgement of Leases and Underleases will apply.
For a full list of mandatory electronic lodgements and exemptions, please refer to:
Whenever a proprietor is divesting themselves entirely of the estate and interest being dealt with, an Application to Note Change/Correction of Name is not required. Reference to the change, alteration or correction of name must be recited in the Transferor panel and will render as:[New name] registered as [old name] as a consequence of [insert justification]
It is important to note that a transfer in which the registered proprietor transfers all their estate and interest in the land, but then, in the same transfer, acquires a fresh interest as transferee, is regarded as a total disposal of interest. If the transferor's name has changed or altered the above recital is still required.
Documentation supporting the change/correction of name should be retained in your evidence file.
Registration Officers will requisition for clarification if it appears that the transferor's name has changed and no tie up and justification has been included in the Transferor panel.
Further detail can be found via our Transfer/Transferor Guidance Note: https://www.landservices.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/5164/T1-Guide-Version-3.pdf
A training program has been introduced to assist practitioners to transition from paper to electronic lodgement. Details of this training and support can be found on in our Industry Education Hub.
Since the introduction of eConveyancing in South Australia in 2016, the Office of the Registrar-General has undertaken significant formal and informal stakeholder consultation about the future of eConveyancing. Particularly, in 2019, the Registrar-General consulted widely with industry, including through field visits, and concluded that majority support exists for mandating eConveyancing.
Feedback received prior to this initiative through formal consultation remains available for your information: