To: Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria

Stop the Victorian Government from selling our Land Titles Office

The Victorian Government has announced its intention to privatise Victoria's Land Titles Office.

For 155 years, the Land Titles Office has tirelessly scrutinised every survey, mortgage and transaction on Victoria's four million-odd properties, perfecting this priceless public asset.

We want Daniel Andrews, as Premier of Victoria, to stop the privatisation scoping exercise by the Department of Treasury and Finance, and reverse the decision to sell our Land Titles Office.

Why is this important?

More than 400 people work at the titles office and they take their jobs seriously. Their dedication and attention to detail gives Victorians peace of mind when it comes to their homes.

The titles office created $300 million in revenue last year. That's $300 million that was returned to the public to fund schools, hospitals, roads, and other highly valued public services.

What's worse, we know privatisation doesn't work.

Victoria has a history of privatising public assets only to see costs increase and service quality decline. Just look at the cost of electricity now, our muddled public transport system, not to mention traffic cameras, and prisons run for profit.

If the titles office is sold to a private company it will affect everyone from first-home-owners to property developers.

Fees are predicted to quadruple as seen recently in Canada, and costly title insurance will be a likely requirement for all homeowners, any revenue made from the titles office will go straight into the pockets of private company shareholders.

Buying property in Victoria is hard enough. Why does the Government want to make it harder?

We must stop the selling of this valuable public asset. Because once it's gone, it's gone for good.

Reasons for signing

  • I was trained in the old titles office by dedicated public servants. I have never seen this sort of commitment in a private entity. I fear there will no longer be a state guarantee for the system of title. I don't see how Judicial functions of the Registrar can be sold! You can sell a judge.
  • Because I work in property law and I understand the implications of a privatised land titles office.
  • land is our vital asset and should not be controlled by those that want to make money or by a government wanting to cover the costs of their promises


2017-10-09 09:33:46 +1100

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