How to become a Conveyancer

Conveyancer

Conveyancers prepare the documentation required for the purchase and sale of real estate and attend to property settlements. Conveyancers must have a sound knowledge of land law, land division, surveying, property development, property management, strata administration, insurance, taxation, business analysis, investment and contracts.

Personal requirements for a Conveyancer

  • Good communication skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Integrity and sound judgment

Education & Training for a Conveyancer

To become a conveyancer you usually have to complete an accredited course in conveyancing and undertake two years of practical experience. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with English. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.


Additional information

To work as a conveyancer you must be licensed by the relevant body in your state or territory. Contact the Australian Institute of Conveyancers for more information.

Duties & Tasks of a Conveyancer

Conveyancers:

  • Prepare and advise on contracts for the sale of real estate
  • Conduct title searches and make enquiries with various government departments, local councils and water authorities
  • Prepare and advise on mortgage documentation
  • Attend to contract exchange and settlement procedures
  • Prepare and advise on lease documentation.

Tasks

  • Carries out title searches and contacts government authorities to find out if any planned development, illegal building work and disputes could affect properties and businesses..
  • Prepares, examines and advises on the contract for sale of properties and businesses..
  • Negotiates the terms and conditions of, and exchanges, contracts of sale, paying deposits, arranging payment of stamp duty, checking for outstanding arrears and land tax obligations, and calculating adjustments for council and water rates..
  • Prepares, examines and advises on mortgage documentation..

Working conditions for a Conveyancer

Conveyancers may communicate with clients, real estate agents, banks, building societies and finance companies, as well as government departments and rating authorities.


Employment Opportunities for a Conveyancer

Conveyancers are generally self-employed or work in conveyancing businesses, law firms, financial institutions, banks, building societies and some government departments. Conveyancers employed by financial institutions generally specialise in finance and must have experience with land transactions. Those who are self-employed may also need to maintain accurate records related to running an office, such as accounts.


Specializations

Conveyancer

Conveyancers prepare the documentation required for the purchase and sale of real estate and attend to property settlements. Conveyancers must have a sound knowledge of land law, land division, surveying, property development, property management, strata administration, insurance, taxation, business analysis, investment and contracts.

  • Average age
    Average age
    42 years
  • Future Growth
    Future Growth
    Moderate
  • Gender Share
    Gender Share
    84% female
  • Average full-time
    Average full-time
    42 hours
  • Weekly Pay
    Weekly Pay
    $1,249
  • Skill level rating
    Skill level rating
    High skill
  • Unemployment
    Unemployment
    Lower unemployment
  • Full-Time Share
    Full-Time Share
    66% Full-Time
  • Employment Size
    Employment Size
    6,500 workers
  • Employment Size
    Employment by state
    ACT: 1.6%
    NSW: 31.0%
    NT: 0.6%
    QLD: 16.8%
    SA: 8.8%
    TAS: 1.7%
    VIC: 27.1%
    WA: 12.4%
  • Employment Size
    Age brackets
    15-19: 1.5%
    20-24: 9.2%
    25-34: 24.4%
    35-44: 21.1%
    45-54: 22.5%
    55-59: 9.1%
    60-64: 6.8%
    65 and Over: 5.4%
  • Employment Size
    Education level
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma: 31.3%
    Bachelor degree: 15.3%
    Certificate III/IV: 10.2%
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 6.2%
    Year 10 and below: 9%
    Year 11: 5.5%
    Year 12: 22.5%
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