Buying and Selling

Duties and levies

ACT Revenue Office

Duty in the ACT is payable on the transfer, agreement for sale, declaration of trust over, or grant, of certain property. The rate of duty payable will depend on the type of property and its value.

ACT Land Titles Office

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Access Canberra is responsible for registration of all land related transactions pertaining to the purchase and sale of land and properties in the ACT and maintaining the land titles register under the Land Titles Act 1925.

Building Conveyancing Request

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

Building conveyancing requests are often required when buying and selling a house. Conveyance requests typically take about four days to complete. Some fast-tracking is available for a higher charge. Links to forms and online requests can be found through Canberra Connect Payment Portal.

Buying a Government Property

Community Services Directorate

If you have been a Public Housing tenant for at least five years, you may be eligible to buy your government home.

Civil Law (Sale of Residential Property) Act 2003

Justice and Community Safety Directorate

From 1 November 2004; real estate agents and private sellers must conform with the requirements of the Civil Law (Sale of Residential Property) Act 2003 and any subsequent changes to the Act.

Home Buyer Assistance

ACT Revenue Office

The ACT Government offers a range of assistance to home buyers in the ACT.

Land and Leasing

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate is responsible for administration of land, the ACT leasehold system and leases within the ACT. Find information on the leasehold system and lease transfers in the ACT.

Land Development Agency

ACT Land Development Agency

The Land Development Agency (LDA) manages land sales and land development on behalf of the ACT Government. Their projects include Kingston Foreshore, Wells Station, Ginnindera Ridge and Gungahlin Town Centre.

Lease conveyancing request

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

Lease conveyancing requests are often required when buying and selling a house. Conveyance requests typically take about two to four days to complete. A 24-hour priority service is available for an additional fee. If you submit your conveyance request electronically, the time taken to complete the request may be substantially reduced.

Minimum energy efficiency standards for new dwellings

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

All new residential buildings must meet energy efficiency rating standards as detailed in the Building Code of Australia.

Reality Check: A real estate guide for buyers and sellers in the ACT

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Sets out the rights and responsibilities of buyers and sellers in a residential real estate transaction in the ACT. Printed copies are available by contacting Access Canberra.

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