Legal framework

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There are a number of Acts, rules, requirements, waivers, guidance notes and agreements that, together, govern eConveyancing in NSW and help guide all parties through the process.

Principal legislation

The principal pieces of legislation for eConveyancing in NSW are the Real Property Act 1900 (RPA) and the Electronic Conveyancing National Law (NSW) (ECNL). The ECNL was first enacted in NSW and has been replicated in other States and Territories.

Rules, requirements and waivers

In determining the Operating Requirements and Participation Rules, the Registrar General has adopted the Model Operating Requirements and Model Participation Rules developed and approved by the Australian Registrars’ National Electronic Conveyancing Council (ARNECC), amended only to include reference to specific New South Wales legislation where appropriate.

Under the ECNL, the Registrar General may waive compliance with any of the Operating Requirements and Participation Rules if it is reasonable to do so.

Guidance Notes

ARNECC publishes Guidance Notes on the Operating Requirements and Guidance Notes on the Participation Rules to assist in understanding what is expected in complying with the requirements and rules in each jurisdiction.

Approval and Conditions

Entities that propose to operate an Electronic Lodgment Network in NSW must obtain approval from the Registrar General.

More information on conditions of approval

Participation agreements

In addition, each subscriber to an ELNO must enter into a participation agreement with the ELNO.