Electronic Conveyancing in Australia – Is Anyone Concerned About Security?
Rod Thomas, Rouhshi Low and Lynden Griggs “Electronic Conveyancing in Australia – is anyone concerned about security?”  Australian Property Law Journal 1
20 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2019
Date Written: January 30, 2014
We have previously suggested that three proof requirements are essential for a sustainable land registration system. These were proof of identity, proof of ownership, and authority to deal. Our attention in this article is drawn to the security framework that surrounds these requirements. We will ask whether the introduction of the Property Exchange of Australia (PEXA), and its underpinning regulatory regime will meet the concerns that we have in relation to them. In drawing out some problems with PEXA, we then offer an innovative idea, sourced from the transfer of equities that could serve to generate discussion on how we can ensure the Torrens system of land registration is sustainable for another 160 years. We also canvass some more incremental suggestions that evolve out of what we currently do, as well as outlining some comparative externally sourced ideas as to how the transfer and ownership of land can be made safer for all citizens. Such a goal is imperative when land transfer and secure property ownership is a critical component of the economic infrastructure of a modern society.
Keywords: Risks on Automation of Land Registries, PEXA Principles for Land Registration Security, Need to Comprehend Risks with Automation
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