Relevance of identification surveys in N.S.W. conveyancing

Oliver, Anthony James (2004) Relevance of identification surveys in N.S.W. conveyancing. [USQ Project] (Unpublished)


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Identification surveys are conducted in NSW by nearly all Surveyors and represent
nearly 10% of the surveying market. Identification surveys in relation to conveyancing,
are principally used to identify the land and any improvements thereon to be purchased
together with drawing attention to issues which the Surveyor feels may be relevant to the
conveyance. This dissertation identified the current methods employed in NSW together
with practices from other jurisdictions which may be applied to NSW. The main source
of information was drawn from questionnaires distributed to Surveyors and
conveyancers in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand, together with input from
industry representative bodies and insurers.
The thesis found considerable differences in conveyancing practices in relation to
identification surveys between NSW and other jurisdictions. Most other regions do not
employ the use of identification surveys in conveyancing but rely on the owner to relate
the paper title to the land intended to be purchased. There was also found to be little
evidence of litigation relating to identification surveys together with a general lack of
implementation of risk management strategies by Surveyors along the eastern seaboard.
Owners title insurance offers considerable benefits to the purchaser prior to and post
conveyance in both title and off-title issues, but should be considered by NSW
Surveyors as an alternative to their identification survey rather than complimentary.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:12
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: identification surveys, conveyancing, NSW
Fields of Research (FoR): 09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090906 Surveying (incl. Hydrographic Surveying)

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