Agreement for sale

ADIS Code - G

An agreement for sale sets out the terms of a proposed sale of land. An agreement for sale is not an actual conveyance of land.

Lodgment requirements

Stamp duty - Required.  If not marked, Registration insisted upon is prohibited.

Any alteration to the consideration must be marked.

Registration copy - Required.  If unacceptable, Registration insisted upon is prohibited.

Statement of Title Particulars form - Not required.

NOS form - Not required.

Index Particulars form (completion)

(A) Lodging Party  - Must be completed.

(B) Instrument - General Register - Deed/Instrument

(C) Locality - Required in all instances.  The situation of the land.

Link Conveyance - For the Old System land affected.

Principal Deed - Not required.

(D) Indexing - The vendor and the purchaser.

(E) Certification - Required.

Document requirements

Date:  must be dated with the date of execution.  If not dated advise the lodging party.  If a date is not furnished, indicate Registration insisted upon and include the reason.

Name:  the full names (initials are acceptable) of the vendor and the purchaser are required.  Advise the lodging party of any discrepancies in names. 

Operative clause:  "... hereby agrees ...".

Locality:  required.  The situation of the land.

Land Description:  required.  Determine if the affected land is Old System or other (see IPF).  Where Old System land is affected it must be described by reference to:

  • a metes and bounds description
  • another registered instrument
  • a plan attached
  • a Government Gazette notice or
  • a lot or parcel in a subdivision.

Link Conveyance:  required if Old System land is affected.  The last registered conveyance or acknowledgment that evidences ownership prior to Book 4000.  Whole or part must be established.

Execution:  by the vendor or the purchaser.  A power of attorney must be registered. 

As there is often a separate original agreement for each party, execution by the vendor or purchaser only is acceptable.

Attestation:  required.  Must be witnessed by a person of 18 years of age or older who is not a party to the document.

IPF:  must be completed.

Staff processing information

CA    Required


Locality:  required in all cases.  The situation of the land.

Link Conveyance:  required if Old System land is affected.  The last conveyance or acknowledgment prior to Book 4000.  Indicate whole "W" or part "P".

Principal Deed:  nil.

Noting:  "Agreement for sale of land affecting [land description/Torrens Title land]".

If Old System land is affected and:

  • an interest, state: "interest in" (or Noting Code: "I")
  • a share, state: "[fraction] share"
  • part of the land, state: "[affected land description]"
  • the land description relies on an attached plan, state: "see attached plan" (or Noting Code: "PL").

V:  the vendor, deceased estates or trusts, and any variations thereof.

P:  the purchaser, deceased estates or trusts, and any variations thereof