Certificates of title

Certificates of title

Currently certificates of title are required to be retained until the property is sold, then transferred to the new owner under the General retention and disposal authority: administrative records GA28, 16.1.4 and the General retention and disposal authority: local government records GA39, 5.2.4.

The Registrar General of NSW has declared that 11 October 2021 is the day on which all certificates of title (CTs) will be abolished, known as ‘cessation day’.
By order under section 33AAA of the Real Property Act 1900, from cessation day all current CTs have no legal effect and the Registrar General will no longer issue CTs for any reason.
The Torrens Title Register remains and has always been the single source of truth as to a person’s ownership or interest in land.

To permit public offices to dispose of certificates of title we will be amending both general disposal authorities to permit disposal of certficates of title once administrative or reference use ceases. We will be seeking approval for the amendments at the December meeting of the Board and will advise public offices as soon as possible after the date of the meeting (8 December).