Land Title 1.01 Course Description

Details of our online community legal education programme

Want to gain specialist knowledge taught otherwise only as on-the-job training with no contextual knowledge?

Keen to get an edge into the legal industry at a level higher than complete novice? 

Know how to find out everything you need to know about the paralegal professional skill of land title searching, accompanied by analysis, examination & investigation of the typical Australian land title.


In this course, learn how to search land titles using a methodology that will give you a sound knowledge of land title searching.


Taught by land title expert legal practitioner, Warren L. Wright BA LLB, under the auspices of the Wright Law & Justice community legal education program, this course elucidates the basic concepts in land title systems and searching those systems. Mr Wright is a former title searcher, Senior Legal Officer at the New South Wales Land Titles Office & Property Rights adviser to the UN. He has taught Land Title Investigation and Analysis for 3 semesters at TAFE. He also lectured part time on the reform of land registration administration systems at the University of New South Wales.


Throughout the course, you will:


1. Discover the obscure but centrally important role of land title registration


2. Develop and enhance your document examination skills generally and in particular in relation to the otherwise enigmatic language, laws and documentation of land title searches.


3. Begin to analyse and investigate land title searching including the even more specialised discipline of surveying and plans


4. Obtain certification by a senior and well-known lawyer in land title searching that can be a valuable employment skill and an addition to your CV demonstrating your commitment to higher, specialised learning and skills as well as personal development.


Notwithstanding the serious tone of what we are about to do, the actual hands on activities are a fun, enjoying experience; particularly when we look at ancient documents of land titles going back to the very first land grants in Australia by Governor Philip. And up to the modern concept of strata title that now dominates our cities. 


The story of land title is, in fact, the history of the origins of our nation. 


Time involved in the course

The internet has transformed our capacity to learn. It has taken away all of the physical and financial burdens of books; eliminated the need for physical attendance at an institution. The course is conducted entirely online.


We take advantage of the revolutionary technology of online learning and teaching to minimise time. Accordingly, the course is self-paced with no set time limits.


It should take about an average of 2 hours to work through each module, the materials, independent research, document examination, etc depending on the module activity and the test at the end of each module. 


As there are presently 8 Modules, that means a commitment of 16 hours plus 2 hours for the final examination. Total: 18 hrs


What You Will Learn


Course Outcomes

· Expand your vocabulary of legal terminology used in land title searching

· Learn how to identify a title reference from a street address

· Develop skills in land title document examination, analysis and investigation of land titles

· Conduct a simple Torrens title search and write a report on your examination, analysis and investigation


Course Overview

This course is made up of 8 core modules that take you through the essential ideas and practice of land title searching. They should be performed in the established sequence so that learning is developmental and not ad hoc.


Module 1 Introduction

An opening presentation & demonstration of the title search documents (the folio of the register and the pan) will focus on basic concepts of land defined by the law, the land title registration system and its administration. Brief introduction to most important land title legislation.


Module 2 The Title Search

The central object of this study. Commence title reference identification, examination and investigation of the title search’s salient features. Identification of features and data common to all title searches.  Examining title search.


Module 3 Estates and Interests 

An introduction to the Identification, description and why the searcher needs to know the basic estates or interests that exist in land. 


Module 4 Dealings

Dealings are how transactions with land are effected; whether it be the sale, mortgage or lease and how other estate or interests in land are created upon registration and the subject of Module 3. Dealing are essential knowledge for a title searcher.


Module 5 Plans

This module moves on to a subject intimately connected with land title searching and that is plans. Learn to read, understand, interpret and explain plans. Plans are spatial data upon which rests the entire land title system. 


Module 6 Old System Title Searching

A comparative study between Torrens land title searching, the subject of the course thus far, and common law title (commonly known as old system). The continuing influence of the old system on the statutory Register in qualified and limited titles will be introduced. 


Module 7 Crown land

Subject to native title, Crown land is the starting point for understanding the land title system. Crown land still plays a very significant role in the land title system. Examination of a Crown tenure title search and its notifications will be included in this module. A Crown Grant from the 18th century will be studied.


Module 8 Strata Title In this closing module, we will learn about Strata title; an extension and elaboration of the land title ideas in the Real Property Act 1900 (NSW). The Module evolves around the central provisions of the Strata Schemes Development Act 2015 and Strata Schemes Management Act (NSW) and how strata title differs from vertically subdivided land. 


NOTE RE FEES: Title search fees are not included in the course fee. GO BACK