Legal

Conveyancer

Conveyancers prepare the documents required to transfer residential or commercial property, or land, from one owner to another.

  • Entry-level education

    VET qualification

  • Job outlook

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What does a Conveyancer do?

Conveyancers prepare the documents required to transfer residential or commercial property, or land, from one owner to another.

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Work activities

As a conveyancer, your main duties would include:

  • advise clients on the contractual requirements for the sale of real estate
  • conduct title and other government searches and enquiries
  • establish who legally owns the property being bought
  • drafting contracts with details of the sale
  • liaising with mortgage lenders, real estate agents and solicitors
  • prepare contracts and transfer documents
  • prepare and advise on lease documentation
  • attend property settlements and exchange contracts
  • check that contracts are signed and exchanged
  • keep records of payments.
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Key skills and interests

To become a conveyancer, you would need:

  • good spoken and written communication skills
  • the ability to explain complex legal information to clients
  • good research skills
  • integrity and sound judgement
  • the ability to deal with people from all backgrounds
  • accuracy and attention to detail
  • problem-solving skills.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a conveyancer, you would typically work standard office hours, Monday to Friday. Part-time work may be available. Some conveyancers are self-employed and work hours to suit their clients.

Conditions

Conveyancers work for law firms, specialist conveyancing businesses, banks and other financial institutions. Some conveyancers are self-employed.

You would be based in an office or home office, and you may travel to visit clients and government offices.

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How to become an Conveyancer?

Entry Level Education

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 school certificate or equivalent with English.

Depending on the State in which you live, you may be required to hold a conveyancer's licence, be over 18 years of age, have completed a conveyancing course and gained the required number of years of practical experience.

Otherwise, you may be required to be working under the supervision of a qualified solicitor.

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Job outlook

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Employment of conveyancers is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Conveyancing work is highly dependant on the number of properties being bought and sold.

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