Conveyancer's Licence - Victoria

Description

You will require this licence if you intend to operate as a conveyancer in Victoria and are not approved as an Australian legal practitioner or incorporated legal practice. Both companies and individuals carrying on a conveyancing business must be licensed. In addition, companies must have at least one director who is a licensed conveyancer.

Employees undertaking conveyancing work within a conveyancing business operated by a licensed conveyancer do not require a licence. However, if you are an employee who is disqualified from doing conveyancing work, you cannot commence or continue to undertake conveyancing work unless you or your employer first apply for and obtain, an exemption from the Agency.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • apply using the approved form
  • provide all the required documentation to the Authority
  • have obtained 12 months' work experience and completed the required educational qualifications
  • not be disqualified from practicing conveyancing
  • hold the required professional indemnity cover, or be employed by someone who does
  • pay any required fees.

Individual licensees must also be able to meet qualifications and experience criteria; or successfully complete the necessary competencies at a registered training organisation; or pass a VETASSESS assessment indicating demonstrated competency in subject matter covered by the national standard.

If you are currently licensed or registered as a conveyancer (or equivalent) elsewhere in Australia or New Zealand you may be eligible to apply for this licence under mutual recognition arrangements.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

As a licensed conveyancer you will be required to comply with the rules of professional conduct and trust accounting procedures and requirements as prescribed in the regulations.

You must notify the Business Licensing Authority of any changes to your personal or business details, including professional indemnity insurance and disqualifying criminal offences.

You must apply to the Authority for permission to hold or continue to hold a conveyancers licence if you, a company or company director has had a claim allowed against the Victorian Property Fund or within the last ten years been convicted or found guilty of a disqualifying offence..

If you intend to conduct conveyancing business from more than one branch office / location, the day-to-day operation of each branch office must be managed by a separate licensed conveyancer unless an exemption is granted by the agency.

Duration

Ongoing unless revoked or limited to a provisional licensing period.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $796.30

Company permission. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Application All $483.50

Individual or company application. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Application All $739.40

Individual permission. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Application All $1166.00

First annual licence fee. Individual or company. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Licence All $1166.00

Fees for 2017-18.

Lodge Lodgement All $1166.00 Lodge an annual statement. Fees for 2017-18.
Lodge Lodgement All $14.20 Late lodgement fee. Fees for 2017-18.
Vary Variation All $426.60

Exemption to employ a disqualified person. Fees for 2017-18.

Vary Variation All $99.50

Exemption to appoint a licensed branch office manager. Fees for 2017-18.

Other resources

Lodgement process

Apply

Please lodge your application and accompanying documentation directly with the Agency.

Approval time

4 to 6 weeks.

Additional information

Conveyancing work is legal work relating to the following property transactions:

  • the sale of freehold interest in land
  • the creation, sale or assignment of a leasehold interest in land
  • the grant of a mortgage or other charge over land or personal property (possessions).

Legal work includes giving advice, preparing and reviewing relevant documents, and exchanging or registering documents.
If one of the following conditions apply to an applicant for a new or a renewed conveyancer's licence, then they must submit a Conveyancer's Permission Application. The conditions are:

  • a company or company director had a claim allowed against the Victorian Property Fund
  • a company or company director has been convicted or found guilty of fraud, dishonesty, drug trafficking or violence punishable by more than three months jail
  • a company that ceases to have a director who is a licensed conveyancer.

Administering agency

Business Licensing Authority

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Registrar

Business Licensing Authority

Operating address: 113 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 322B
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 1300 135 452
Phone: 03 8684 0741
Fax: 03 8684 0600
Email: bla@justice.vic.gov.au
Website: Business Licensing Authority (Opens in new window)