Suppress your address on name searches of LTO records
You can apply to have your address suppressed from the results of a name search carried out on the Land Titles Office's (LTO) land information systems. This is a free service.
Suppression can only apply to name searches of LTO records. If a search is made using an identifier other than a name - eg a certificate of title reference, the full details will be displayed in the results.
To be eligible, you must be willing to declare that you believe your safety or the safety of another person may be put at risk by your address being displayed in the results of a name search. You must also meet at least one of these criteria:
- you own or have previously owned property in South Australia
- you hold or have previously held an interest in property in South Australia - eg as lessee
- you are a benefitting party - eg a caveator or lessee, on a document lodged with the LTO
- you are named, in any capacity, on a power of attorney document lodged with the LTO.
If you are unsure about the availability of your personal information through searches of records held by other agencies – eg the electoral commission, your local council, you should contact those agencies directly.
How to apply
Complete a name search suppression application and return this to the LTO:
- download name search suppression application pack
- phone 8226 3983 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for an application pack to be sent to you.
Suppressions are kept in place until:
- an application to remove a suppression form is lodged with and approved by the LTO
- the Registrar-General believes it is not warranted - eg due to an application supported by false evidence.
Updating information on a name search suppression
Once a name search suppression is in place you will need to notify the LTO if you:
- acquire any new property in South Australia
- acquire any new interests in property in South Australia - eg as lessee
- are named as a benefitting party - eg a caveator or lessee, on a document lodged with the LTO
- are named, in any capacity, on a power of attorney document lodged with the LTO.
To update your information complete an application to amend a suppression record .
Legitimate access to suppressed information
People who can demonstrate a legitimate business need for access to suppressed information - eg an executor of the estate of a person whose details are suppressed, can apply for access.
To do this they must:
- complete an application to access suppressed details form
- provide 100 points of ID
- demonstrate their need for information by providing sufficient reason.
Applications for access to suppressed information will only be approved if the Registrar-General is satisfied that the applicant has a legitimate business need for the information, and that nobody will be put at risk by its release.
The LTO has a legal obligation to provide suppressed information - eg a change of property ownership details, to certain government agencies. This includes:
- local government authorities
- Revenue SA
- SA Water
- the Australian Taxation Office
- law enforcement agencies.