Lessons for federal countries that have state land registries: the Australian experience
AuthorWILLIAMSON, IAN; BENNETT, ROHAN; RAJABIFARD, ABBAS; WALLACE, JUDE
Source TitleThe 11th South East Asian Surveyors Conference (SEASC)
AffiliationCentre for Spatial Data Infrastructures & Land Administration, Dept. of Infrastructure Engineering
Document TypeConference Paper
CitationsWilliamson, I., Bennett, R., Rajabifard, A., & Wallace, J. (2011). Lessons for federal countries that have state land registries: the Australian experience. In The 11th South East Asian Surveyors Conference (SEASC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Access StatusOpen Access
This is a preprint version of a paper presented at the 11th South East Asian Surveyors Conference (SEASC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 22-24 June, 2011. http://www.seasc2011.org/abstracts-a-papers.html
The federation of Australia and her states have significantly improved land information management and integration since 1982: cadastres were digitized, land registries computerized, web based GIS was incorporated, and SDIs developed. However, the risk of a Land Information Babel as espoused by Justice Kirby in 1982 still remains, particularly in the realm of land registries. Australia is now entering the era of national approaches to land registration. The proposed national eConveyancing system represents the first step. Many more initiatives will follow. This paper presents a new multi-purpose vision for Australia’s land registries. The state based systems need to continue collaboration in order to build a coherent national vision based around key registries, spatial enablement, and shared services. The power inherent in all land registry information must be unleashed. Land registries are more than simply systems for conveyancing. They are multi-purpose tools with the capacity to service society with the information needed to respond to our most pressing challenges, increasingly with a national focus. Future work must focus on building agreement for this national vision, undertaking a major cost-benefit analysis, comparing existing technical platforms, and creating awareness at higher levels of Australia’s significant land information achievements.
Keywordsland administration; spatial data infrastructure; land registration; land registry; multi-purpose land registry
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