Property Law

2017/18 Annual Report

The focus of the Property Law Committee this year has been on the significant changes to the Strata Titles Act 1985, the new Community Titles Bill 2018, the implementation of electronic conveyancing and the consideration of the implications for the sale of the Western Australian land registry.

At the time of this report the Strata Titles Bill 2018 and the Community Titles Bill 2018 have been introduced and second read in the Legislative Assembly and it is the Government’s intention that both Bills be passed by the end of 2018. The Government has also announced that consistent with the Law Society’s Position Paper, Sale of the Western Australian Land Registry, it will not be
privatising the Western Australian land registry.

The Committee has worked closely with the Strata Titles Act Reform Team at Landgate to ensure that its comments on the Bills were considered by the Government in the drafting process.

Members of the Property Law Committee represent the Law Society on a number of external stakeholder groups and committees, the Law Council of Australia Legal Practice Section Australian Property Law Group, and the Law Council of Australia E-conveyancing Working Group. Notably during this period there was a lot of activity for Law Society representatives on the Landgate Industry Reference Group and the PEXA Industry Reference Group.

As in previous years, the Committee has continued to monitor issues arising in specific areas including the Contaminated Sites Act 2003, retirement villages, the Land Titles Registration Manual and the Business Focused Amendments to the Transfer of Land Act 1893.

For more information about this committee please email General Manager, Advocacy – Mary Woodford, advocacy@lawsocietywa.asn.au