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The future of e-Conveyancing

The Office of the Registrar-General recently undertook a preliminary stakeholder consultation program to gather industry feedback about the future of e-Conveyancing in South Australia.

The feedback from this process has been collated in the Future of eConveyancing Stakeholder Consultation Report.

The Registrar General's  South Australia presentation on the current state of eConveyancing in South Australia from the Future of e-Conveyancing Forum is available for download.

For more information on e-Conveyancing in South Australia, please contact the Office of the Registrar-General at DPTI.RegistrarGeneral@sa.gov.au

Further mandating 

The Registrar-General has undertaken a comprehensive consultation process to seek the views of all stakeholders as to whether further mandating of e-conveyancing should occur.

A report was prepared for the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government and the recommendations within that report have now been approved.

The Office of the Registrar-General (ORG) wishes to inform our stakeholders that:

1. no further mandating will be undertaken until the various matters set out below are resolved or suitably mitigated;

2. it is intended that e-conveyancing will be further mandated in the future, consistent with the government’s digital by default policy, to allow the full benefits of e-conveyancing to be realised and the government’s commitment under the Inter-Governmental Agreement to be met; and

3. providing benefits to consumers via a safe and efficient lodgement process is the government’s priority and it is considered that e-conveyancing will deliver that outcome once outstanding matters have been resolved.

Matters Requiring Resolution

  1. Security of the e-conveyancing system is paramount. The Australian Registrars National Electronic Conveyancing Council's security review needs to be completed and actioned and all industry stakeholders need to be engaged and active in their response to cyber security threats.
  2. Completion of the IGA review and communication and establishment of a satisfactory pathway in relation to governance of the e-conveyancing market going forward, including maintenance and access to the fundamental tools for ELNOs to operate such as national data standards and Revenue Office requirements. Please see Customer Information Bulletin Issue 324.
  3. A competitive market needs to exist so that mandating does not unduly benefit the current monopoly provider of Electronic Lodgement Network Operator (ELNO) services in South Australia. The ORG will be working to ensure barriers to a competitive market place are removed.
  4. Clarity of market operation in relation to key factors such as price, separation and integration and interoperability needs to be provided.
  5. Clarity in relation to the Registrar-General’s ability to enforce lodgement of dealings electronically. An amendment has been included in the Statutes Amendment and Repeal (Simplify) Bill 2018 to put this matter beyond doubt. Please see Notice to Lodging Parties No. 211.

Many factors were considered when reaching these decisions.

The Office of the Registrar-General considers that the barriers to full mandating of electronic lodgement for all available dealings should be removed by 1 January 2020. Consultation will continue to occur with stakeholders before any further decisions are made in relation to the implementation of a mandating timeframe in the future.

The Office of the Registrar-General will be working to reduce barriers to an effective and efficient e-conveyancing system and will collaborate with all industry stakeholders to achieve this aim.

The Office of the Registrar-General encourages stakeholders to prepare for the future and the transition to full electronic conveyancing.