When you buy Victorian land, which may include buildings, you are liable to pay land transfer duty (otherwise known as stamp duty). The duty payable is based on the market value of the property or the purchase price, whichever is greater. This calculator will allow you to calculate the duty payable.
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When you buy land, settlement is the final stage in the conveyancing process. At settlement, all parties meet to exchange the transfer of land, certificate of title, cheques and other documents to complete the sale and purchase.
The land transfer and title certificate are then taken to Land Victoria for registration, usually within a few days following settlement. Registration on title is your proof that you own the property.
We strongly recommend that you, as the buyer, ensure you are registered on the title as the land owner, as this proves your legal ownership of the property. When a certificate of title is issued to you, it shows your entitlement to the land, and any interests and rights affecting it.
We are aware of past instances where property buyers have not been registered on title for many years, despite thinking otherwise. You can search for titles and property certificates online, or in person at the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Land Information Centre, Level 9, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne (phone 03 8636 2831). Please note that fees apply.