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

Discharge of crop lien


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Interests in Goods Act 2005 replaced crop liens lodged under the Liens on Crops and Wool and Stock Mortgages Act 1898 (repealed) with a category of agricultural goods mortgages called crop mortgage.  Documents affecting a crop lien registered under the repealed Liens on Crops and Wool and Stock Mortgages Act 1898 may still be registered and NSW LRS requirements for those documents will still apply.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 lasts for 1 year, ie the crop of one season, and lodgment of a discharge is rare.  There is no prescribed form for a discharge. See s9 Liens on Crops and Wool and Stock Mortgages Act 1898.

The requirements for a discharge of a crop lien are similar to those for a discharge of mortgage.

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 - Discharge

(C) Locality - Not required.

Link Conveyance - Not required.

Principal Deed - Required. The registered crop lien.

(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.

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

Operative Clause:  "... hereby discharges crop lien ...".

Principal Deed:  the number of the affected crop lien as stated in the discharge must be identical to the number stated on the IPF.

Execution:  by the lienee.  A power of attorney does not have to be registered.  The lienor does not have to sign.  The Act requires both parties to sign but Legal Division has advised that the signature of the lienee 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

A partial discharge of a registered crop lien must be entered under the Crop Lien General Frame, ie code "CLG", with a Noting: "Discharge of crop lien [number] affecting [details]".  Enter the crop lien as a Principal Deed. Enter the lienor as a Vendors entry.

CA    Not required.


Locality:  nil.

Link Conveyance:  nil.

Principal Deed:  required.  The registered crop lien.

Noting:  nil.

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

P:  nil.