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Registrar’s requirements for paper conveyancing transactions

Version 5 of the Registrar’s Requirements for Paper Conveyancing Transactions has been published at www.propertyandlandtitles.vic.gov.au/publications.

Version 5 incorporates updates to section 6 ‘Electronic Instruments’ and clarifies the Registrar’s transition to 100% electronic lodgment. In short, electronic lodgment is the use of an Electronic Lodgment Network (ELN) to lodge conveyancing transactions with Land Use Victoria. Under Registrar’s Requirement 6.5(e), on 1 October 2018 a major milestone in the transition to 100% electronic lodgment will become effective and is described below.

From 1 October 2018 if you are an:

  • Australian Legal Practitioner,
  • a Licensed Conveyancer,
  • Authorised deposit-taking institution,
  • ELN Subscriber,

and you are either a Party or acting for a Party in a standalone or combination of

  • Transfer
  • Mortgage / Discharge of mortgage
  • Caveat / Withdrawal of caveat
  • Application by legal personal representative
  • Application by surviving proprietor
  • then the transaction must be lodged using an ELN*

*Property Exchange Australia (PEXA) is currently the only applicable ELN operating in Victoria.


The following are the current exceptions to the Registrar’s Requirement to lodge Instruments using an ELN:

  • the SPEAR ELN
  • there is an existing paper Instrument that has been signed prior to the date when electronic lodgment of that particular class of Instrument or transaction is required
  • if in a combination of Instruments a Party in one or more Instruments is not an ELN Subscriber or represented by a conveyancer or lawyer.

Example: where a combination of discharge of mortgage, transfer and mortgage includes a transferor that is not an ELN Subscriber or is not represented by a conveyancer or lawyer, all Instruments may be lodged as a combination in paper.

  • a folio of the Register cannot be dealt with in an ELN
  • an instrument affecting more than 20 folios
  • a transfer is of a type that is not available electronically, such as:
    • transfers creating an easement
    • transfers of an interest (e.g. a lease)
    • transfers of part of land in a folio of the Register
    • transfers of a tenant in common’s share
    • transfers that cannot be assessed for duty using the State Revenue Office Duties Online System – details of the transaction types able to be processed in Duties Online are in the tables of transactions and combinations of transactions available on the SRO website
  • a survivorship or transmission application that is not available electronically, such as a survivorship application by an interest holder.

From 1 October 2018, the Registrar will refuse to accept for lodgment any paper instrument that, under the Registrar’s Requirements, is required to be lodged using an ELN.

The Registrar will continue to notify industry when new functionality becomes available in an ELN. More ELN functionality will result in fewer exceptions to lodging using an ELN.

Progression towards 100% electronic lodgment

There have been significant increases in electronic lodgment at Land Use Victoria (LUV) over the last 12 months. In July 2018, electronic lodgments equalled 58 per cent of all instruments lodged. LUV expects the total number of instruments lodged electronically in August 2018 to exceed 50,000.

All instruments lodged chart July 2017 to July 2018

Total lodgments at LUV

Discharge of mortgage, transfer and mortgage account for approximately 85 per cent of instruments lodged at LUV. Collectively in July 2018, electronic lodgments for discharge of mortgage, transfer and mortgage averaged 60 per cent.

Instruments lodged in July 2018

Instruments lodged July 2018 chart

Refinances comprising a discharge of mortgage and mortgage were close to achieving 100 per cent electronic lodgment in July 2018. Settlement matters comprising a discharge of mortgage, transfer and mortgage (DTM) have steadily increased throughout 2018 and, in July 2018, electronic lodgments of DTMs accounted for 41 per cent of lodgments. Leading up to the 1 October 2018 milestone, electronic lodgment for DTMs is expected to increase significantly.

Instrument combinations lodged in July 2018

Instrument combinations lodged July 2018


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Page last updated: 11/07/23