Real estate

Conveyancer registration

Individuals and companies running a business that prepares legal documents when property is transferred to a new owner must be registered as conveyancers with Consumer and Business Services (CBS).

Who needs to register

Sole traders, partners in a business and companies can apply unless they have legal restrictions on their work or business. This can include things such as bankruptcy, financial receivership or a suspended licence.

Legal practitioners do not need to register.

You or your company can't apply if you were a director of a company that was wound up to pay creditors in the last five years - including if you were a director six months before winding up started.

Companies must have a majority of directors who are registered conveyancers - at least two. If there are only two directors in the company, one must be a conveyancer. The other director shouldn't be directly involved in real estate sales processes:

  • a real estate agent
  • a financier
  • a close associate of either of the above (unless they are also a conveyancer or close relative).

Check Section 7 of the Conveyancers Act 1994 for detail about what the company's constitution needs to show regarding directors, their finances and voting rights.

Before you register

Offences and convictions

You may not be able to get a licence if you, or a director of the company, have been convicted of:

  • Category A offence - serious (indictable) offence of dishonesty
  • Category B offence - summary offence of dishonesty in the last ten years.

Refer to Offences and convictions for detail about category A and B offences.

Qualifications

Check you have the right qualifications to register as a conveyancer.

Conveyancer qualifications

Police clearance

Include with your application a copy of your National Police Certificate (NPC) no more than 12 months old.

Apply for an NPC through:

You do not need an NPC if you:

  • are director of a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange
  • have lodged an NPC with CBS within the last year
  • are an overseas resident and have never lived in Australia
  • have held a licence within the last year and are applying for an equivalent licence
  • have already supplied an NPC for a different licence issued under this Act.

    Fees

    Company $807

    Individual

    • Interstate or NZ licence recognised in SA      

    $631

    $489

    Online

    1. Complete the form

    Fill in the registration.

    Register now

    2. Print and sign

    Print and sign the completed form.

    3. Scan and upload

    Scan and upload the signed form along with your supporting evidence.

    4. Payment

    You can pay by credit card using the CBS secure service. Check your registration form for the registration fee.

    In person

    Complete the form

    Fill in the registration.

    Register now

    2. Print and sign

    Print and sign the completed form.

    3. Lodgement

    Take your registration to CBS Customer Service Centre or to a Service SA regional office along with your supporting evidence and payment.

    Post

    1. Complete the form

    Fill in the registration form, then print and sign it

    Register now

    2. Payment

    Make a cheque or money order payable to the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs.

    3. Lodgement

    Post your registration, supporting evidence and payment to:

    Consumer and Business Services
    GPO Box 1719
    Adelaide 5001

    Phone

    If you're not able to register online, in person or by post, call 131 882 to talk about your options with CBS staff.

    What happens next

    CBS will email your licence number and you will receive a certificate with your registration details in 5 to 7 business days.

    Renew your registration

    Your registration must be renewed every year. If it has expired, you need to re-apply.

    Fees

    Company

    $523

    Individual

    $347

    How to renew

    Online

    Make sure you have your licence number ready to renew online. You can pay by credit card using our secure service.

    Renew my licence

    Phone

    Make sure you have your licence ready when you call. You can pay by credit card.

    Phone 1300 668 531

    Post

    Make cheque or money orders payable to the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs and attach to the front page of your renewal.

    Consumer and Business Services
    GPO Box 1719
    Adelaide 5001

    In person

    Renew and pay for your registration at:

    CBS Customer Service Centre
    91 Grenfell Street
    Adelaide

    Or a Service SA regional office.

    Changes affecting your licence

    Notify CBS within 14 days if you have committed an offence or have had legal restrictions placed on your work or business. Restrictions can include things such as bankruptcy, financial receivership, and suspended work licence.

    You will also need to advise CBS when you:


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    Page last updated 24 October 2017

    Provided by:
    Attorney-General's Department
    URL:
    https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/business-and-trade/licensing/real-estate/conveyancer-registration
    Last Updated:
    24/10/17
    Printed on:
    16/12/17
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