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Assistance in achieving our Members goals

Membership of the peak professional body AISCA provides conveyancers and conveyancing businesses assistance in achieving their goals. The Institute encourages and assists them to maintain exceptionally high professional standards. By providing our members with the support, information, professional development and training needed, we ensure conveyancers’ have a career that is successful, streamlined, cost effective, and productive.

Membership benefits differ depending on the type of membership.

Do I have to use the conveyancer the land agent suggests?

No, you don’t. Many real estate agents have local conveyancers to whom they refer work from properties they are selling. This is perfectly appropriate if based on the professionalism and expertise of the conveyancer and can be helpful if you don’t know of a conveyancer yourself.

The choice of a conveyancer is yours, not the agents.

To assist in choosing a conveyancer to use our Find a Conveyancer Tool.

Can I use the same conveyancer as the other party?

The AICSA does not generally recommend this practice. However, it is legal for both parties to use the same conveyancer, under certain conditions stated in the Land and Business (Sale and Conveyancing) Act 1994 and it can often appear convenient to do so.

Full membership benefits include:

  • receipt of regular newsletters, magazines, bulletins and podcasts providing up-to-date sector information, changes in legislation, informative articles and best practice examples.
  • continual professional development and training covering conveyancing and business related topics.
  • access to the AICSA Certified Practicing Conveyancer program.
  • free advertising on the AICSA Employment Register.
  • access to the AICSA Advisory Service and meeting room facilities.
  • ability to help shape the future of conveyancing in South Australia, by joining the AICSA Council or a Committee.
  • exclusive access to AIC Forms Live a platform supporting the AICSA Contract for the Sale of Land, written specifically for Conveyancers as well as other conveyancing specific documents.
  • access to the AICSA Trust Account Manual.

Contact Karen Holt our Membership Coordinator

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State Taxes and Levies
If you purchase property in South Australia you may be liable to pay certain state tax and levies including:

  • Stamp duty
  • Land tax
  • Emergencies services levy

There is a good discussion of each of these taxes and charges on the Revenue SA website.

CLICK HERE to view.

Stamp Duty Calculator
To determine how much stamp duty you will be required to pay on a conveyancer use this Stamp Duty Calculator.

CLICK HERE to use.

Foreign Purchasers
If you purchase property in South Australia you may be liable to pay certain state tax and levies including:

  • Stamp duty
  • Land tax
  • Emergencies services levy

There is a good discussion of each of these taxes and charges on the Revenue SA website.

CLICK HERE to view.

Land Tax
Land tax is an annual tax that applies to all properties in South Australia. However, there are tax-free thresholds and exemptions that exclude properties from the tax.

If a property is resided in by the owner of the property as their principal place of residence the general rule is that this property will be exempt from land tax.

To find out more about land tax including applications for exemption the Revenue SA site has all the information you need –

CLICK HERE to view.

Foreign Residents Capital Gains Withholding Payments
New rules apply to vendors disposing of certain taxable Australian property under contracts entered into from 1 July 2016.

A 12.5% non-final withholding will be incurred on these transactions at settlement.

This means Australian residents who are selling a taxable Australian property with a market value of $750,000 or more need to obtain a clearance certificate from the ATO.

The clearance certificate will confirm that the 12.5% withholding amount does not apply to the transaction.

If a seller doesn’t provide a clearance certificate to the buyer by settlement, the buyer will be required to withhold 12.5% of the sales price and pay this to the ATO.

Where a buyer fails to withhold when they should, a penalty may be equal to the amount that was required to be withheld and paid. Interest will also be payable.

Liability for paying this amount may fall on the Conveyancer acting for the buyer.

More detailed information is available at the Australian Taxation Office.

CLICK HERE to view.

GST at Settlement Measure
On or after 1 July 2018, certain purchasers of new residential premises or potential residential land will be required to withhold an amount from the price of the supply for payment to the Australian Taxation Office.

A vendor of property is required to notify purchasers before settlement whether or not they have withholding obligations. If there is, the vendor must notify the amount that must be withheld and paid to the ATO.

The amount a purchaser must pay is generally either:

  • 1/11th of the contract price (for fully taxable supplies)
  • 7% of the contract price (for margin scheme supplies), or
  • 10% of GST exclusive market value of the supply (for supplies between associates for consideration less than GST inclusive market value).

For detailed information on this measure the ATO website has a large amount of information including a video, webinar and podcast.

CLICK HERE to view.

Questions to ask your conveyancer

Watch this short video that discusses the questions you should ask a person you consider appointing as a conveyancer.

It also explains the concept of a Certified Practising Conveyancer CPC.

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