2020-2021 Titles Office Registration Fees

The Titles Office have advised that registration fees will increase from 1 August 2020.

You can download a list of the new fees here.

In summary, fees for popular documents have increased as follows:

Priority Notice - $37.00 (was $36.00)
Base Rate - $195.00 (was $192.00)
Requisition Fee - $37.00 (was $36.00)
Form 4 Record of Death - $37.00
For 14 Change/Correction of Name - Individual $37.00, Corporation/other $195.00

The online calculator will update to the new fees on 1 August 2020.

2019-2020 Titles Office Registration Fees

It's that time of year again - Titles Office registration fees will increase from 1 July 2019.

In summary, fees for popular documents have increased as follows:

Priority Notice - $36.00 (was $35.00)
Base Rate - $192.00 (was $185.00)
Requisition Fee - $36.00 (was $35.00)

The online calculator will update to the new fees on 1 July.

Abolition of paper Title Deeds for land in Queensland

The way in which the Titles Registry deals with paper certificates of title (paper CTs) is changing.

On 26th March 2019, a Bill was passed in Parliament amending the Land Title Act 1994. The amendments mean that, as of 1st October 2019, paper CTs will no longer have any legal effect. As is currently the case, the electronic title held in the Titles Registry will continue to be the point of truth for ownership and other interests in land in Queensland. Only about 11% of titles in Queensland still have a paper CT in existence.

This change means that as of 1st October 2019, a paper CT will become an item of historic or sentimental value only and will no longer need to be deposited with the Titles Registry when a transaction is lodged over the title. As of that date, there will be no requirement for disposing of any existing paper CT, they will not need to be destroyed or brought in to the Titles Registry, nor will they need to be dispensed with for a transaction to proceed.

However - please note - that until 1st October 2019, the current legislative provisions governing paper CTs remain in force. This means that transactions where there is a paper CT will still need that paper CT to be deposited or a process to dispense with the paper CT undertaken. The only exceptions to this will be those exceptions currently provided for by the Land Title Act.

In late April (until 1st October), the Titles Registry will be introducing a changed process for dealing with Form 19 applications for a paper CT. After lodgement, these applications will be dealt with centrally instead of the current process for dealing with them at regional DNRME offices. This means that no matter where you lodge a request for a new paper CT, it will be delivered by registered post. The only exception will be where the registered owner has requested it be held for collection from a designated lodger delivery box in the Brisbane (Albert Street) office of the Titles Registry.

From 1st October 2019, there will no longer be the option to lodge a Form 19 - Application for certificate of title.

Similarly, a Form 17 – Request to Dispense (with production of a CT) will become redundant as of 1st October 2019.

2018-2019 Titles Office Registration Fees

It's that time of year again - Titles Office registration fees will increase from 1 July 2018.

You can download a list of the new fees here.

In summary, fees for popular documents have increased as follows:

Priority Notice - $35.00 (was $34.00)
Base Rate - $185.00 (was $1815.00)
Requisition Fee - $35.00 (was $34.00)

The online calculator will update to the new fees on 1 July.

Introduction of Trust Details Form and changes to Transmission Applications

Introduction of Trust Details Form

From May 2018, Transfers which record a transferee as trustee will be able to be transacted through eConveyancing. To enable this to occur a new practice with regards to trustee documentation is being implemented – a certified copy of the trust deed will not be required and instead only details of the trust will be required. Read More...

Changes to requirements for deposit of trust documents with Mortgages and Leases

Please note that there has been a practice change in relation to the requirements when a mortgage or lease is lodged with the Titles Office which will record a mortgagee or lessee as a trustee on title.

There is no longer a requirement to provide details of the trust instrument when lodging a mortgage to a trustee mortgagee or when lodging a lease to a trustee lessee (e.g. by depositing a copy of the trust deed or referring to a previous dealing where the trust deed was deposited).

Amendments have been made to sections [2-0100] and [7-2050] of the Land Title Practice Manual.

Titles Office - Change of Dept. Name and Cheque Payee

The Department of Natural Resources and Mines has now become the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.
They have advised that cheques in payment of lodging fees should now be made out to the above, or DNRME as an acceptable abbreviation.

Form 23 Settlement Notice End of Life

Further to Titles Registry Alert 138, please note that from 1 January 2018. Settlement Notices can no longer be deposited in the Titles Registry.

The current Queensland Settlement Notice mechanism will be replaced by a Priority Notice mechanism as part of a move toward national consistency in a range of titling processes to support national electronic conveyancing in Australia. 

While the fundamental purpose of the new Priority Notice will be the same as the current Settlement Notice, there are a number of minor changes, including application to a wider range of instruments and the ability to extend the effect of the notice for 30 days. The new mechanism will allow a person who is, or will be, a party to an instrument intended to be lodged to deposit a Priority Notice.  A Priority Notice will identify each instrument to which the notice relates and with a few exceptions, the deposit of a Priority Notice will prevent registration of other instruments affecting the lot or an interest in the lot until the notice lapses after 60 days or is withdrawn, removed or cancelled.  A Priority Notice will be able to be lodged through eConveyancing or through eLodgement or in paper.
This change takes effect from 1 January 2018 in line with the commencement by Proclamation of relevant provisions of the
Land and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2017.  
It is important to note that there will be no transition period.  
This means Settlement Notices can only be deposited until the Titles Registry’s close of business in December 2017. Settlement Notices can NOT be accepted by the Titles Registry from 1 January 2018 even if the Form 23 was executed prior to 1 January 2018.

A Form 23 - Settlement Notice deposited prior to 31 December 2017 will continue to have effect until it lapses or is withdrawn, removed or cancelled.
From the commencement of business in January 2018 only Priority Notices (and not Settlement Notices) will be accepted. Priority Notice Forms can be accepted from this date even if they were signed prior to 1 January 2018.

When a Notice is intended to be deposited after 1 January 2018 but is being prepared in the weeks prior to that date, it is the Priority Notice form (and not the Settlement Notice form) that must be used.

The fee to deposit a Priority Notice is the same as the deposit fee for a Settlement Notice (currently $34). The Titles Registry fee calculator will be updated in 2018 to include the new Priority Notice. 

The Priority Notice Form is now available online at https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/building-property-development/titles-property-surveying/titles-property/titles-registry-forms
Part 23A regarding Priority Notices and their withdrawal and extension has been inserted into the Land Title Practice Manual https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/building-property-development/titles-property-surveying/titles-property/practice-manual

2017-2018 Titles Office Registration Fees

It's that time of year again - Titles Office registration fees will increase from 1 July 2017.

You can download a list of the new fees here.

In summary, fees for popular documents have increased as follows:

Settlement Notice - $34.00 (was $33.00)
Base Rate - $181.00 (was $175.00)
Requisition Fee - $34.00 (was $33.00)

The online calculator will update to the new fees on 1 July.

Overseas Witnessing of Queensland Land Titles Documents

Titles Registry Alert 125 and part 60, paragraph 60-0390 of Land Title Practice Manual set out Registry requirements and practice relating to witnessing paper instruments and documents outside Australia. Please be advised that these updated practices are mandatory for documents executed on or after 1 August 2016.

Further information and resources regarding signing and witnessing requirements are available online at:


https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industry/titles-property-construction/titles-property/transactions/signing-witnessing-requirements

This web page provides an overview of Titles Registry requirements in relation to execution and witnessing both inside Australia and overseas.

The section on overseas witnessing also includes links to the certifications for use where an instrument or document is witnessed overseas. 

Customers are reminded that there are two certifications:

1. The Australian Embassy/High Commission/Consulate Identity/Witnessing Certification which is to be used where the witness is an Australian Consular Officer or authorised employee at an Australian Consular Office.  This certification should be completed on a blank page and
should not be on a Form 20 – Schedule in accordance with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s requirements; and

2. The Identity/Witnessing Certification form for use by other authorised witnesses (e.g. notary publics, Australian lawyers) witnessing instruments or documents outside Australia.  This certification
should be completed on a Form 20 – Schedule.

Word and PDF versions of the Form 20 Identity/Witnessing Certification are available on the web page. Both formats are available for completion on the screen (electronic version) and for completion by hand.  A link to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s website which hosts the Australian Embassy/High Commission/Consulate Identity/Witnessing Certification is also available on this page.
 
Information provided on the web page is an overview only and all relevant parts of the Land Title Practice Manual should be referred to prior to completion of either of the identity/witnessing certification forms.

For further information contact the Titles Registry on 1300 255 750 or email
titlesinfo@dnrm.qld.gov.au.

New Titles Office registration fees for 2016-2017


The Titles Office have announced their new fee structure, effective 1 July 2016.

The old base fee of $169.00 increases to $175.00. Settlement Notices and Requisitions are up from $32.00 to $33.00.

Click here to download the fee schedule.

Access the online calculator (updated on 1 July).

With econveyancing, remember to allow for the standard DNRM registration fees on top of the additional PEXA provider fee.

New Form 24 Property Information

Titles Office Forms Update - Form 24—Property Information (Transfer) (Version 7) will be implemented for use from 21 March 2016 (announced 24 March 2016).

Form 24A has also been updated to Version 3.

Item 1(d) of the form has been changed to include provision of the Buyer’s email address for contact after settlement for valuation notices and related documents.

To download the new Form 24’s (Click here).

The continued use of Form 24— Property Information (Transfer) (Version 6) and Form 24A (Transmission Application) (Version 2) will be permitted until 22 April 2016.

The new versions of the forms MUST be lodged after 22 April 2016.

Old versions will prevent lodging, so be sure to update your templates now to avoid possible settlement and lodging failures.

Titles Registry Removal of Parish and County

The Department of Natural Resources and Mines will be removing references to Parishes and Counties in land transactions, as this information is redundant for the unique identification of land. This will affect forms submitted to the department, and some products and datasets obtained from the department e.g. title searches.

While the formal date for this removal is 30 November 2015, it may take some time for the changes to be applied to all products and services. In the interim, these products will either show the value ‘no longer used’ for Parish and County or reference to Parish and County will be removed.

All Titles Registry forms that currently make reference to the Parish and County will be updated to remove this information. An additional Titles Registry Alert in relation to the amendments to the forms will be distributed in the near future.

The continued use of the current forms will be permitted until further notice; but as of 1 December 2015 the Parish and County fields can be left blank.

The department’s web site contains more detailed information about how the change will affect each product or service:

https://www.dnrm.qld.gov.au/mapping-data/removal-parish-county

Titles Office Fees Restructure

Lodgement Fees Revised Structure 1 December 2015

Department of Natural Resources and Mines is increasing fees effective for all lodgements from 1st December 2015

The revised lodgement fee structure is based on a four-tier price point schema ranging from low to high ($25, $32, $82 and $169) with fees set either at one of these price points or by a formula combining particular price points. As an example, the standard lodgement fee which applies to most dealings is currently set at $168.60 and will change to $169 from 1 December.

Please note: other than for investigative searches of the title registers, the fees for information searches, for example (current and historical) titles searches, copies of documents, and other title- related information products remain unchanged

Key changes to the lodgement fees are summarised as follows:

Fees reducing to $32
- Requisitions – fee formerly $40.55
- Record the death of a joint tenant – fee formerly $168.60 (no additional fee for extra lots) - Record change or correction of name of individual – fee formerly $168.60
- Examine sketch plan as part of an instrument – fee formerly $40.55

Fees being deleted
- Lodgement of instrument by postal service – fee formerly $31.80
- Certificate of Title delivered by registered mail – fee formerly $6.90
- Cancellation of Writ (not discharge/satisfaction) – fee formerly $31.80

Fees increasing
- Administrative Advice (excludes Settlement Notice) – fee changing from $15.30 to $25
- Re-lodgement of rejected dealing – former half-fee discount being removed
- Discharge/Satisfaction of Writ – fee changing from $31.80 to $169 for consistency with similar dealings with Caveats and Leases

The DNRM online fee calculator will continue to reflect the current fees up until 30 November 2015 and will be updated on 1 December 2015 to reflect commencement of the new fee settings.
In the meantime the DNRM the fees are listed from the regulations in the Formal Fee Schedule. Further information and links to relevant Regulations will be available on the DNRM website in due course

New Titles Office registration fees for 2015-2016

DNRM Fee-increase

The Titles Office have announced their new fee structure, effective 1 July 2015.

The old base fee of $162.90 increases to $168.60. Settlement Notices are up from $30.80 to $31.80, and requisition fees rise to $40.55 to cite just a few.

Search prices are not increasing yet.

Click here to download the fee schedule.

Click here to download the handy ready reckoner for transfer and other common fees.

Access the online calculator (updated on 1 July).

With econveyancing approaching, remember the DNRM registration fees still apply, on top of the additional PEXA provider fee.

New Titles Office procedures for dealing with original Wills

Changes to Titles Registry Practice for Examination of Original Wills

The Supreme Court Probate Registry no longer accepts exhibit certificates endorsed on original Wills due to impracticalities in that process. To help ensure alignment between Titles Registry and Probate Registry requirements, the following practice will be adopted in the Titles Registry from 1 September 2014:

  • where a Will is required to be an exhibit to a statutory declaration, a clear and true copy of the last Will of the deceased is to be the exhibit;  

  • the accompanying statutory declaration must state the exhibit is a copy of the Will. Note: wording for this statement is incorporated in the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 forms, which are used as a guide for the statutory declaration;
     
  • more than one declarant may exhibit the same copy of the Will provided it is endorsed with an exhibit certificate in respect of each statutory declaration;

  • declarants may exhibit separate copies of the Will to their respective statutory declarations;

  • original Wills will no longer be returned to the lodger for attending to requisitions, however, a lodger or their agent may inspect the original Will at the Titles Registry office where the will is held (the office location will be identified in the requisition notice). 
For further information contact the Titles Registry on 1300 255 750 or email titlesinfo@dnrm.qld.gov.au


New Form 24 Property Information

Form 24—Property Information (Transfer) (Version 6) will be implemented for use from 1 July 2014.

Item 4 of the form has been changed to include wording to reflect that the sales price must include Goods and Services Tax (GST) if applicable.

Two additional items points have been included at Item 6. These items require the transferor to identify whether or not GST is payable on the transaction, and if so whether or not the transaction is under the margin scheme.

To view an example of the new Form 24 (Click here) or the Guide to Completion of the Form 24 (Click here).

The continued use of Form 24— Property Information (Transfer) (Version 5) will be permitted until 1 October 2014.

Further information

For information on GST and margin schemes contact a tax accountant, or the ATO on 13 28 61 for Individuals or 13 28 66 for Businesses, or from their website at: www.ato.gov.au.

New Titles Office Fees for 2014-2015

The Titles Office have announced their new fee structure, effective 1 July 2014.

The old base fee of $157.40 increases to $162.80. Settlement Notices are up from $29.80 to $30.80, and requisition fees rise to $39.20 to cite just a few.

Click here to download the fee schedule.

Click here to download the handy ready reckoner for transfer and other common fees.

Amendments to Land Title Act 1994

The Land Title Act has been updated with a range of amendments.

The Land, Water and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013, and the Electronic Conveyancing National Law (Queensland) Act 2013, made a range of amendments to the Land Title Act 1994. These amendments took effect on 14 May 2013 or 17 May 2013, other than an amendment to section 59 which commenced on 1 July 2013.

Both Acts, as passed, may be viewed online through the Office of Queensland Parliamentary Counsel’s internet site:

http://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/LEGISLTN/ACTS/2013/13AC023.pdf and http://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/LEGISLTN/CURRENT/E/ElecConNLQA13.pdf

The following provides a brief overview of certain changes to the Land Title Act 1994 that may affect titles registry customers:

  •  Amendments to various provisions to facilitate the future lodgement of electronic conveyancing documents. These amendments have no effect on current practice. They include amendments to a number of sections, insertion of Part 2 Division 2A relating to Electronic Conveyancing documents, and new and amended definitions in Schedule 2 (Dictionary).
  •  Fee required to produce document under subpoena etc.
    Insertion of a new section 35A to require payment of any regulated fee for obtaining copies of documents from the register when the documents are required under a subpoena etc.
  •  Creation of non-tidal boundary (watercourse) by registration of a plan
    Amendments to section 51 to allow the creation of a non-tidal boundary (watercourse) by registration of a plan. This provision aligns with existing provisions regarding the dedication of other types of public use land.
  •  Dedication of road by notice
    Insertion of new Division 3A (section 54) to allow for the dedication of the whole of a lot as a road for public use, by registration of a dedication notice. A Form 14 General Request, accompanied by the approval of the relevant planning body (typically Form 18 General Consent) must be deposited to record the dedication notice. If the land to be dedicated is subject to any interests (easements, leases, profit a prendre etc.) the consent (Form 18 General Consent) of the grantee/lessee of that interest is also required to be deposited with the Form 14.
  •  Severing joint tenancy (commences 1 July 2013)
    Amendments to section 59 to alleviate the difficulty experienced by some persons wishing to utilise this section if they are unable to give a copy of the transfer to the other joint tenants, for example where a joint tenant cannot be located.
  •  Amending a lease
    Amendments to section 67 to clarify when an instrument of amendment may be registered to give effect to the exercise of an option in a registered lease. ue 115 02 July 2013
  •  Creation of easement over a registered lease
    Amendments to sections 82 and 83 to clarify the requirements for creating an easement over a registered lease and an amendment to section 90A to clarify when such an easement ends.
  •  High-density development easements
    Insertion of Part 6 Division 4AA to provide for the registration of high-density development easements. Minor consequential amendments have been made to other sections to exclude their application to this type of easement.
  •  Returning certificate of title for cancellation
    Amendment to section 154 to provide further exceptions to the requirement for the return of the certificate of title, being certain dealings with secondary interests.
  •  Other minor amendments to clarify or update provisions, including sections 47, 50, 51A, 81A, 105, 107, 112, 115N, 126, 128, 133, Schedule 1 and Schedule 2.
    The Land Title Practice Manual is currently being updated to incorporate the changes to Titles Registry practices.
    Enquiries
    Enquiries may be directed to the Titles Registry on (07) 3405 6900 or email titlesinfo@qld.gov.au.

New Form 23 Settlement Notice

Form 23— Settlement Notice (Version 5) is now available for immediate use. The major change to this form is at Item 6 which now requires all instruments intended to be lodged to complete the transaction to be shown in order of priority (lodgement order). This includes the instrument mentioned in item 2 of the form. Other minor formatting changes that do not impact on the completion of the form have also been made.

2013 Titles Office Fee Increases

The Titles Office (DNRM) have announced their fee increases, effective 1 July 2013.

The new standard lodging fee is now $157.40 (up form $152.10). Additional lot fees and the per $10,000 consideration fee is $29.80 (up from $28.90).

Settlement Notices are now $29.80, body corporate change of addresses are $29.80 and new CMS's are $76.20.

Over the counter searches are $16.45 for a current title search, $24.15 for an historical title search, copy registered plan is $16.45 and copy instruments are $31.95.

Click Here to download the ready reckoner.



And another Titles Office Fee increase...

This time, it's searching fees that are having another unprecedented fee increase…

Following the $15.00 general lodging fee increase on 1 November, the Queensland Titles Office (DNRM) have today advised that a range of searching fees will now increase by $1.50 effective 1 December 2012.

Read more about it here.

Quoting the Titles Registry Alert, "The additional revenue will help fund 24/7 provision of land and spatial information datasets to business and the community."

We remain optimistic… Happy

ALERT: Further Titles Office Fee Increases 1/11/12

Following this year's CPI increase in registration fees, the Titles Office has announced a further unprecedented increase in registration fees, effective 1 November 2012, citing the revenue would "…fund a rolling programme of system enhancements and replacements to ensure the ongoing reliability and integrity of land and cadastral information systems…" quoted in Titles Registry Alert Issue 107.

The new base registration fee will be $152.10, up from $137.10. This represents a $15.00 increase on all fees that were previously at $137.10 or above, including Survey Plans, and all general instruments.

Fess that are presently below the current $137.10 base will remain unchanged - such as settlement notices and additional lot fees.

Following the recent abolition of customer service counters and reduction of back office staff impacting service delivery times at the titles office, we hope this increase in revenue is put to use in delivering useful and timely titling services to the public.

If you have a copy of the Ready Reckoner from 1/8/12, remember to add $15.00 to the base fee of $132.10...

Download a new ready reckoner here, current through 2013 (till the next increase).

2012 Titles Office Registration Fees

The Titles Office (DNRM) have announced their fee increases, effective 1 August 2012.

Download and print your own handy Ready-Reckoner for current (1/8/12) lodging fee calculations here. An indispensable tool if you calculate lodging fees all the time!. UPDATE: 1.11.12 - add $15.00 to any fee that was $132.10...

Also see our Help Desk page for further information about Titles Office matters.

Update - Alterations and Minor Corrections to Land Registry Forms

The Registrar of Titles has updated the Land Title Practice Manual with regard to definitions of alterations and amendments to land registry forms and practice to be followed when such occurs.

New titles registry requirements now apply where changes are made to completed forms, because of the Registrar's concerns that some changes have not been authorised.

The new requirements apply to dealings lodged after 30 April 2012. However, a requisition fee will only apply to dealings lodged after 2 July 2012.

See Part 59 Forms - paragraph 2040 of the Land Titles Practice Manual.

Effect of civil partnership on will

A Titles Office Registry Alert has been issued regarding preparation of Transmission applications where a civil partnership is involved.

View the alert and procedures required when preparing your Form 5A of Form 6 Transmissions here.

Important - Alterations to Titles Office Forms

Please take extra care when preparing your Land Registry Forms for settlement or lodging.

DERM are enforcing the practice of all parties to the document having to initial any alterations, amendments or additions to land registry forms, and any forms lodged without the initials of all parties will be requisitioned.

This requirement has always been encompassed in the Land Titles Practice Manual and in legislation, but has not been actively enforced. In previous practice, it was accepted that an initial of only one party or their authorised representative was satisfactory for lodging purposes.

To ensure registration, please ensure your documents are free of alteration or additions, or in the event that a correction is required, all parties including witnesses must initial the forms.

If in doubt, contact DERM on 3405 6900, option 4, for advice.

2011 Titles Office Registration Fees

The Titles Office (DERM) have announced their fee increases, effective 1 August 2011

Download and print your own handy Ready-Reckoner for current (1/8/11>) lodging fee calculations here. An indispensable tool if you calculate lodging fees all the time!.

Also see our Help Desk page for further information about Titles Office matters.

Titles Office Fee Increases

The Titles Office (DERM) have announced their fee increases, effective 1 August 2009.

Download and print your own handy Ready-Reckoner for current (1/8/09>) lodging fee calculations here. An indispensable tool if you calculate lodging fees all the time!.

Also see our Help Desk page for further information about Titles Office matters.

Titles Office Relocation

Effective Tuesday 9 June 2009.

The Brisbane CBD Service Centre has moved to:

Level 11,
53 Albert Street,
Brisbane Qld 4000

Customer Service Contacts:

Phone: 07 3405 6900
Fax: 07 3228 1739
Email: brisbane.titling.operations@derm.qld.gov.au

There is limited public space in their new premises, and they are actively discouraging settlements being effected in their office.

We invite you to use our settlement rooms for any settlements that you would previously have arranged to occur at the Titles Office.


2008-2009 Titles Office Lodging Fees

Titles Office lodging fees increased on 1st July 2008.

Visit our help desk entry for more information, a printable ready-reckoner and a link to the on-line calculator.