12 February 2019

In December 2018, ARNECC released Version 5 of its Model Participation Rules and Operating Requirements for e-conveyancing. NSW, VIC, QLD, WA & SA have all adopted the new versions and they will come into effect on 25 February 2019 in all five states. 

You can view a marked-up copy of Version 5 of the Model Participation Rules here on the ARNECC website. There are a few major updates in these rules outlined below.

1) Client Authorisation Forms (Model Participation Rules -Schedule 4, Pg 34-42)

There are now two types of Client Authorisation Forms:

  • Client Authorisation Representative - When this form is signed, the Representative is authorised to act for the Client in a Conveyancing Transaction(s). 
  • Client Authorisation Attorney - When this form is signed, the Attorney is authorised to act for the Donor in a Conveyancing Transaction(s). The Donor is the person giving the power in relation to a Power of Attorney.

You must ensure you're using the correct Client Authorisation Form for each conveyancing transaction. 

2) Verification of Identity 

Reasonable steps in relation to mortgagors (Model Participation Rules, 6.51.(b), Pg 19)

Subscriber responsibilities in relation to verifying the identity of mortgagors have been updated as below. 

Acceptable identity documents (Model Participation Rules, Schedule 8 r3.4, Pg 55-56) 

Australian Evidence of Immigration Status ImmiCard and Australian Migration Status ImmiCards are now accepted types of identity documents as outlined below.

3) Certifications (Model Participation Rules, Schedule 3, Pg 32) 

Amendments have been made to include new documents that are available for electronic lodgment and the Attorney Client Authorisation Form. 


If you'd like to view the adopted Model Participation Rules Version 5 for your jurisdiction, visit the links below.

NSW Participation Rules
VIC Participation Rules
QLD Participation Rules
WA Participation Rules
SA Participation Rules

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