Prescribed authorities

A prescribed authority is:

  • a statutory authority, ie the Crown or a public or local authority constituted by an Act, or
  • a registered company given particular powers similar to a statutory authority as prescribed by an Act.

All dealings involving a prescribed authority, except for a Local Council, must be executed by an authorised officer, the capacity must be stated and the signature must be witnessed.  See execution requirements for a dealing involving a Local Council page..

The ACN, where issued, must be stated following the first recital of the authority's name and appear in the authority's seal.

Section 88A Conveyancing Act 1919

The prescribed authorities under s88A Conveyancing Act 1919 capable of creating an easement in gross are:

  • a statutory authority, ie the Crown or a public or local authority constituted by an Act
  • Actew Distribution Ltd
  • Advance Energy
  • AGL Gas Company (ACT) Limited
  • AGL Gas Networks Limited
  • Australian Inland Energy
  • Coleambally Irrigation Limited
  • Delta Electricity
  • Eastern Gas Pipeline Pty Ltd
  • EnergyAustralia
  • Festival Development Corporation
  • Great Southern Energy
  • Hunter Water Corporation Limited
  • Integral Energy Australia
  • Integral Energy Gas Pty Ltd
  • Jemalong Wyldes Plains Irrigation Limited
  • Lower Murray Irrigation Areas Limited
  • Macquarie Generation
  • Murray Irrigation Limited
  • Murrumbidgee Irrigation Limited
  • NorthPower
  • a permittee or licensee in respect of easements related to pipelines
  • Rail Infrastructure Corporation
  • Sydney Water Corporation Limited
  • Telstra Corporation Limited
  • The Albury Gas Co Ltd
  • Vodafone Pacific Limited.

See Clause 49 of the Conveyancing (General) Regulation 2013.

s88D Conveyancing Act 1919

The prescribed authorities for the purposes of s88D(1) Conveyancing Act 1919 capable of creating a restriction on use of land or positive covenant affecting land vested in the authority are:

  • a statutory authority, i.e. the Crown or a public or local authority constituted by an Act
  • Australian Postal Corporation
  • Coleambally Irrigation Corporation
  • Commonwealth Defence Housing Authority
  • Hunter Water Corporation Limited
  • Jemalong Wyldes Plains Irrigation Limited
  • Lower Murray Irrigation Areas Limited
  • Murray Irrigation Limited
  • Murrumbidgee Irrigation Corporation
  • Rail Infrastructure Corporation
  • Sydney Water Corporation Limited
  • The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (NSW).

s88E Conveyancing Act 1919

The prescribed authorities for the purposes of s88E(1) Conveyancing Act 1919 capable of creating a restriction on use of land or positive covenant affecting land not vested in the authority are:

  • a statutory authority, i.e. the Crown or a public or local authority constituted by an Act, and:
  • Australian Postal Corporation
  • Coleambally Irrigation Corporation
  • Hunter Water Corporation Ltd
  • Jemalong Wyldes Plains Irrigation Ltd
  • Lower Murray Irrigation Areas Ltd
  • Murray Irrigation Ltd
  • Murrumbidgee Irrigation Corporation
  • Rail Infrastructure Corporation
  • Sydney Water Corporation Ltd
  • The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (NSW).