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Standing Committee on Land Administration
: terms of reference

objectives

  • Work with allied bodies and all jurisdictions to gain consensus for action and develop a strategy for discovering and accessing information about all rights, obligations and interests in land within Australia and New Zealand.
  • Through collaborative efforts with interested national bodies, provide a clearinghouse of information about identifiable user needs and relevant existing and planned activities in jurisdictions.
  • Work with jurisdictions to develop and monitor benchmarks for best practice in land administration systems and processes including land titling, valuation, surveying and mapping across Australia and New Zealand.
  • Develop materials to engender debate about the nature of any change needed, including:
    • relationships with other ANZLIC initiatives such as the ASDI; and
    • determining the quality standards and specifications necessary to enable information from multiple jurisdictions to be accessed via a single online gateway.
  • Facilitate discussion on the role of a “virtual register” for discovering and accessing information about all rights, obligations and interests in land within Australia and New Zealand, including:
    • determining the technical options involved in establishing a single online point of access for multi jurisdictional, multi-platform land related information; and
    • determining the potential governance arrangements for a virtual register or other discovery tool.
  • Identify requirements and advise ANZLIC Council on steps needed to address the needs of markets, business enterprises, governments and the community in discovering and accessing information about rights, obligations and interests in land within Australia and New Zealand.
  • Use the process of e-government to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of land administration.

principles

Principles to consider in progressing these objectives include:

  • Simple and effective online access by multiple market segments to land administration information is fundamental to achieving benefits and effective use.
  • A single point of discovery for all interests in land.
  • Security of the information is vital to ensure that privacy, confidentiality and liability issues are adequately accommodated.
  • Formal definition and universal adoption of data collection and maintenance standards is essential to the implementation of an effective access instrument.
  • Consideration should be given to an online workflow process to assist users in accessing the appropriate information for their specific circumstances.
  • Information quality and fitness for purpose need to be transparent in all systems and transactions.

membership

Membership of SCoLA will be flexible to meet the needs of the standing committee from time to time. Its initial composition is:

  • ANZLIC Council member (Chair);
  • At least one other Council member;
  • ANZLIC Executive Director;
  • Up to six people with relevant expertise in various aspects of land administration, including strategy development, land titling, valuation, surveying and mapping, technology, service provision and legislative reform;
  • As potential users are identified, up to three people from relevant user groups.

operations

SCoLA will develop a yearly work plan and budget for approval by the Council. The source of funds will be from ANZLIC and other parties willing to contribute to the work of the committee. Members will be expected to meet their own costs in attending meetings.

Secretariat support is provided by the ANZLIC national office.

reporting and communication

ANZLIC Council has shown a willingness to provide a leadership role in national land administration matters through facilitation. The Council will provide a centre for communication, receiving reports and approving strategies and actions from the standing committee. Also, reporting and promotion of the committee’s activity should be provided to relevant jurisdictional, national and user bodies.

key performance criteria

  • Awareness by both providers and users about issues related to discovering and accessing information about rights, obligations and interests in land within Australia and New Zealand.
  • Consensus amongst provider and user bodies about actions needed to address these issues.
  • Iimproved efficiency and effectiveness of land administration transactions across Australia and New Zealand, including more discoverable rights, more accessible information, more efficient service delivery and reduced consumer costs.

 

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