On 11 October 2021, the Real Property Amendment (Certificates of Title) Act 2021 commenced, which abolished the Certificates of Title (CTs) and the control of the right to deal (CoRD) framework. All existing CTs have been cancelled and CTs will no longer be issued. Existing CTs will not need to be produced, and CoRD holder consent will not be required, for a dealing or plan to be registered. All existing Guidelines subject to this change are currently being reviewed and will be updated to reflect these changes. For further information regarding the abolition of CTs, please see https://www.registrargeneral.nsw.gov.au/property-and-conveyancing/eConveyancing/abolition-of-certificates-of-title

Crop lien

ADIS Code - CL

From 1.3.2006 the Security Interests In Goods Act 2005 replaced crop liens lodged under the Liens on Crops and Wool and Stock Mortgages Act 1898 (repealed) with a category of agricultural goods mortgages called crop mortgage.  Documents affecting a crop lien registered under the repealed Liens on Crops and Wool and Stock Mortgages Act 1898 may still be registered and NSW LRS requirements for those documents will still apply.

A crop lien is an advance of monies or goods that uses a growing crop as a security.  A crop lien lasts for 1 year, ie the crop of one season, and there is no provision for renewal.

Once a crop has been harvested any further securities must be in the form of a bill of sale.

For an assignment of crop lien and other related documents. See s4 Liens on Crops and Wool and Stock Mortgages Act 1898.

A lienor, ie the mortgagor, must be a private person.

Where the lienor is a foreign company or a company acting as a trustee, the crop lien may be registered but no guarantee is given as to its validity.  ASIC will not register a crop lien by a foreign company or a company acting as trustee.

Application form

The wording for a crop lien is set out in Schedule 2 Liens on Crops and Wool and Stock Mortgages Act 1898.

Lodgment requirements

Stamp duty - Not required.

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 - Crop Lien

(C) Locality - Not required.

Link Conveyance - Not required.

Principal Deed - Not required.

(D) Indexing - The lienor.

(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.

A crop lien must be lodged within 30 calendar days from the date of execution, see s4 Liens on Crops and Wool and Stock Mortgages Act 1898.  The 30 day period does not include the day of execution and where the 30th day falls on a weekend, public holiday or NSW bank holiday, the next working day applies as the last day of lodgment.

Where the crop lien has been signed by several lienors on different dates, the date of execution is taken to be the most recent date.

If more than 30 days have lapsed since the date of execution, the crop lien may be registered if:

  • the lodging party so insists.  The registration copy will be stamped "Registration insisted upon" or
  • the crop lien has been re-executed and attested.

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

Crop:  the type of crop subject to the lien must be stated.

Land Description:  the location of the crop is required.  The crop must be located within NSW.  A Torrens Title reference is acceptable.  Old System land must be adequately described.  A plan fee is not payable.

Execution:  by the lienor.  A power of attorney does not have to be registered.  The lienee does not have to sign.

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

Where the lienor is an Australian company not acting as a trustee, refer the lodging party to the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), see s262-3 Corporations Act 2001.  If registration is required enter "Registration insisted upon" on the registration copy.

Where the lienors are a private person and a company, advise the lodging party that the company should also register the crop lien with ASIC.  The company name will be included in the indexing.

CA    Not required.


Locality:  nil.

Link Conveyance:  nil.

Principal Deed:  nil.

Noting:  nil.

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

Locality:  the residential address (city/town) of the lienor.  If in another State add the abbreviation for that State.

P:  nil.