The state government of New South Wales thought it wise to come up with an efficient way of serving you on all matters related to land and property. Therefore, land and property information NSW known as the (LPI) took over from the Land Titles office.
When first established, the NSW land and property information (LPI) was tasked with land and property valuation and related services.
Initially, before the existence of LPI NSW, if you required information related to Australian lands or properties, you’d have to visit:
- The surveyor general’s department
- Land and information centre
- Land titles office
- Valuer general’s department
This was a complicated dance to master since each department would deal with different aspects of the land or property. But since the formation of LPI NSW, there’s no more hustle since everything is taken care of within the one department. Indeed, change is inevitable!
Brief history of LPI NSW
When the LPI was established in 2000, it was initially known as the Land and Property Management Authority. However, during its early years of establishment, its duties were not clearly defined making it a very generic department.
Upon dissolution of the Land and Property Management Authority in April 2011, the responsibilities of the LPI NSW were then made clear.
Initially, the Land and property management authority served as an umbrella which then broke into several divisions. As an authority, it was tasked with:
- Managing assigned government land
- Ensuring the maintenance of recreational facilities
- Maintain visitor facilities
- Handling land and property matters.
Consequently, the state parks, Hovell walking track, the Hume and Great north walk were all under the land and property management authority. After April 2011, the authority’s functions dispersed to various divisions.
Some of its duties were taken up by the department of finance and services. The state property authority also emerged from the land and property management authority.
Besides the divisions mentioned above, the land and property management authority shared its conservation service duties, crown lands, and rural affairs responsibilities with the department of primary industries, department of trade and investment as well as regional infrastructure and services.
The LPI is a reasonably new department that took up all matters related to land and property in NSW. Currently, the land and property information NSW is run by Hastings funds management limited.
What does the LPI NSW do?
The LPI NSW is a division of the department of finance, services and innovation in New South Wales. It is responsible for:
- Land titles
- Property information
The land and property information NSW also takes care of spatial data for NSW, Australia. Therefore, this means that LPI NSW which from December 2017 began offering land registry services in NSW and became the unit to contact for any land, property, valuation, and surveying matters.
Subsequently, the LPI NSW, now NSW LRS falls under the Australian registry investments after winning an allowance with the government of New South Wales.
The unit is now privately run.
How the LPI NSW works
At its core, Land and Property Information NSW is all about easing how you access to land and property information. The information includes titles, plans and any other documents relating to land and property ownership.
Its aim is to secure the system of land and property registration and ownership. This is to help you efficiently receive all relevant documents within a short time. To do this, the LPI NSW collects, integrates property information and collates to help manage land ownership processes better.
In fact, if you also need assistance with property development, planning, investment, conveyancing, and historical research, LPI should be your first stop.
Through dedication, transparency, and impartiality, the LPI NSW has been instrumental in helping local and state governments assist landowners in all their needs.
Furthermore, the LPI NSW unit is also at the forefront in determining land rates and taxes and setting standards for the survey industry.
The standards set by the LPI for the survey industry help with the establishment of boundaries, locations, and public infrastructure. All the information collected by the LPI is then translated into digital and hard data which is essential in the mapping of NSW.
Finally, the LPI NSW also took charge of the NSW board of surveying and spatial information and the geographical names board of NSW.
Land and Property Information NSW forms and fees
Services offered by the LPI NSW, now NSW LRS come at a charge depending on the type of service. These fees are subject to revision on an annual basis. For instance, the regulated prices for 2018/2019 took effect in July 2018.
When it comes to forms, there are many forms you can get from the LPI NSW, depending on the service you hope to get. There are:
- Name change forms
- Land registration forms
- Certificates of title
- Interactive dealing forms
- Possessory title forms
- Bankruptcy application
- Applications for easements, caveats, and covenants
To put it simply, any changes, alterations, partnerships or development plans for your land or property require some form from the LPI NSW.
All you need to do is look for the form that aligns with the service you need, fill it and submit to the LPI.
The duties of the LPI NSW are very clear-cut, despite the complex name changes. If anything, the department's roles are better defined now, and people have an easier time to access land and property information in New South Wales.
If you have any questions regarding the title, plans, land information or any dealings, contact the LPI NSW and get all the information you need under the one department. Also, learn more about how the LPI, now LRS helps you speed up your land registration and ownership processes.