About Land & Property Information
Land and Property Information (LPI), a division of the Department of Finance & Services, is the key provider of land information services in New South Wales.
Authoritative land information is a vital tool that enables the community, business and government to derive maximum benefit from land and property to generate economic growth and prosperity.
LPI's integrated framework connects the people of NSW to a comprehensive package of land and property services including land title registration, property information, valuation, surveying and mapping. LPI provides land information services to individuals, businesses, government agencies and non profit organisations throughout NSW, Australia and internationally.
Land and Property Information:
- sources information from organisations and individuals to compile maps, databases and registers of land and property information including information on locations, parcel descriptions, values, ownership, restrictions and financial interests
- provides services to the Registrar General, the Surveyor General and the Valuer General who have responsibilities for administering various Acts of Parliament related to land administration
- administers the systems which support the State guarantee of Torrens title
- makes information available to the public and organisations for conveyancing, historical research, land development, land management purposes, for state economic and social development and for planning and providing government services to the community, including event and emergency management
- licenses, sells, exchanges or gives the data it collects to organisations or individuals, to facilitate the above purposes.
Visit www.lpi.nsw.gov.au for more information.
Land titling and ownership
Land and Property Information (LPI) maintains the largest centralised land title registry in Australia. Nearly all freehold land titles in New South Wales are Torrens Titles, based on plans registered by LPI which define the boundaries of each parcel of land. Every year, thousands of new land parcels are created through subdivision activity and LPI issues a Certificate of Title for each new land parcel to provide proof of ownership.
Future transactions involving the land, called dealings, are also recorded on the Certificate of Title. Hundreds of thousands of these transactions occur in New South Wales each year. As well as buying and selling property, people take out mortgages, pay off mortgages, lease their property and inherit property, to name but a few.
A very small proportion of land in New South Wales is still owned under the common law deeds based system that was used before the introduction of the Torrens system in 1863. LPI is currently converting remaining Old System parcels to the Torrens system.
All land title records registered are maintained in public registers.
In New South Wales (NSW), the Valuer General is the State Governments principal advisor on all land valuation matters. The Valuer General has a statutory responsibility to provide fair and accurate land valuations for rating and taxing purposes, to determine compensation following the compulsory acquisition of land and to provide specialist valuation and property advice to government and the public.
The Valuer General values all land on behalf of the State Government and maintains a Register of Land Values containing information in relation to land ownership, location, occupation, value and other information as required by the Valuation of Land Act 1916.
The Register of Land Values contains the following information in relation to land:
- the ownership of the land
- the occupation of the land
- the value of the land
- reference to the title of the land
- the location or description of the land
- the area of the land, and
- any other information as required by Valuation of Land Act 1916.
Land and Property Information supports the role of the Valuer General through the provision of technical and operational expertise in producing and recording land values for New South Wales.
Land values are assessed every three years, and if landowners or lessees are not satisfied with the land value recorded, they can have their land value reviewed by lodging an objection.
More information on how land valuations are calculated.
Surveying and Mapping
LPI is the central mapping agency for NSW that collects, processes, maintains and provides the authoritative fundamental spatial information through its:
- Cadastral program which describes and determines boundary definitions to support the state’s land titles and valuation systems
- Survey services which ensures the integrity of the state’s survey control network
- Precise positioning infrastructure which reduces costs, improves efficiency and sustainability in the surveying, agriculture, construction and mining industries
- Property addressing program which underpins emergency services, government operations and community activities through communication and navigational systems
- Mapping and spatial programs providing essential assistance to government and emergency services operators for disaster planning, risk management, recovery and prevention activities and environment monitoring
- Aerial photography and satellite imagery program providing a complete, temporal record of development and changes in the NSW landscape
- High resolution elevation data providing information for planning the impacts of climate change and for water management.
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Information Products and Services
LPI converts the wealth of land data it collects into a comprehensive and authoritative range of online and hard copy information products and services.
LPI delivers integrated titling, property, valuation, spatial and printing products through:
- A network of private information brokers and value added resellers
- Reciprocal data exchanges with other government agencies
- Online and over the counter retail delivery channels
A program of market research and quality assurance ensures products and services are fit for purpose and meet client needs.