Paper certificates of title phased out in Queensland

By Emma Kime, Lawyer

Paper certificates of title (also known as “title deeds”) were once issued for all properties in Queensland.

However, in 1994, the Queensland Titles Registry adopted an electronic titles register and paper certificates of title were no longer issued automatically. They could still be obtained for a fee.

Since 1 October 2019, new laws have changed the way paper certificates of title are dealt with by the Queensland Titles Registry. Paper certificates of title no longer have legal effect and those already in existence are simply documents of historical and sentimental value. The Registry does not require them to be presented or lodged when dealing with land in Queensland. New paper certificates can no longer be obtained.

This information is intended to provide a general summary only and should not be relied on as a substitute for legal advice.

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