It is being claimed the digitisation of property title deeds is in fact a breach of Australia’s founding document.
A viral claim is even suggesting the move away from paper-based admin may in some way be linked to the proposed Indigenous voice to parliament.
But the claim is false. There’s nothing within the Australian Constitution about title deeds and requirements for hard copies of documents. Instead, laws in states and territories make clear the digitisation of documents is perfectly legal.
“What is the real reason for the Voice, other than to destroy our Constitution and give the Government the opportunity to land grab, charge exorbitant taxes, rates and levies and steal our land titles (which have been digitalised and sold off to PEXA) – they can be removed at a ‘flick of a switch’. We no longer have access to original title deeds or ‘parchments’,” the post begins.
The author claims to have participated in a Zoom meeting with a constitutional law expert “who knows our real laws” and knows what the government is “trying to do”.
“A property owner must be provided with their Certificate of Title (original) in paper form,” the author claims.
To not do so is “illegal under our current Constitution,” they add.
The post then raises the 1967 referendum and includes a template letter to send to senators and MPs.
The confused post does not make clear how the digitisation of documents is linked to the voice proposal.
However, there is certainly nothing within the pages of the constitution relating to requirements for hard copies over digitised versions of land titles.
The word ‘deeds’ does not appear at all, and references to ‘certificate’ ‘title’ and ‘paper’ have nothing to do with land ownership documents.
“Indeed, that change has already happened in all Australian jurisdictions,” he told AAP FactCheck in an email.
All states and territories passed uniform laws to allow electronic conveyancing between 2013 and 2020.
The claim that the constitution states a property owner must be provided with their certificate of title in paper form is false.
There is no mention of land or property titles in the constitution, nor is there mention of format requirements.
Laws in states and territories make clear the digitisation of documents is perfectly legal.
False – The claim is inaccurate.