AICNSW

Becoming a Licensed Conveyancer

Conveyancing is a satisfying career combining the challenge of helping people and practising in the area of property law.  Conveyancers are licensed to advise in relation to all property matters.

In New South Wales, conveyancers are licensed under the Conveyancers Licensing Act 2003 (NSW). The Act defines conveyancing work as:

“Legal work carried out in connection with any transaction that creates, varies, transfers or extinguishes a legal or equitable interest in any real or personal property. Conveyancing work includes legal work involved in preparing any document (such as, an agreement, conveyance, transfer, lease or mortgage) that is necessary to give effect to any conveyancing transaction, and legal work (such as the giving of advice or the preparation, perusal, exchange or registration of documents) that is consequential or ancillary to any such transaction.”

The government authority responsible for administration of the Act and the licensing of conveyancers is NSW Fair Trading. You will find more information on the licensing requirements page of the NSW Fair Trading website.

Academic Qualifications

The academic qualification for a conveyancer’s licence in NSW is satisfactory completion of the Advanced Diploma of Conveyancing (FNS60311), or other approved courses.

The three New South Wales teaching institutions conducting approved courses are:

Practical Training Requirement

In addition to the academic requirements, students are required to gain at least two years’ practical experience in conveyancing work.

At least one year of this practical training period must be obtained:

  • while working on a full-time basis
  • under the supervision of a NSW licensed conveyancer (holding an unrestricted licence), or
  • under the supervision of an Australian legal practitioner (holding an unrestricted practising certificate).
Employed Part Time?

Office of Fair Trading has advised that part-time hours will be considered but must add up to what is considered to be the full-time equivalent. Fair Trading seeks a minimum of 1680 hours for the equivalent of one year’s experience (35 hours per week x 48 weeks per year [allowing for 4 weeks annual leave]). A total of 3360 hours is the equivalent of 2 years full time experience.

Licence applicants must provide letters from their employer(s) verifying how many hours per week that they have been employed gaining practical experience in conveyancing work.

Licensing Requirements

See Licensing Requirements