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 
  • AGL Macquarie Pty Limited 
  • an energy services corporation within the meaning of the Energy Services Corporations Act 1995
  • an irrigation corporation within the meaning of the Water Management Act 2000
  • Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited
  • BAI Communications Pty Ltd 
  • Blayney and Crookwell Windfarm Pty Ltd 
  • Cochrane Dam Pty Ltd 
  • Crown Castle Australia Pty Ltd
  • Directlink (No. 1) Pty Limited
  • EnergyAustralia NSW Pty Ltd 
  • Envestra (NSW) Pty Limited 
  • Eraring Energy Pty Limited
  • GSP Energy Pty Limited 
  • Hunter Water Corporation
  • Jemena Eastern Gas Pipeline (3) Pty Ltd
  • Jemena Gas Networks (NSW) Ltd 
  • Jemena Networks (ACT) Pty Ltd 
  • Kooragang Water Pty Ltd 
  • NBN Co Limited 
  • Optus Mobile Pty Limited 
  • Optus Networks Pty Limited 
  • Santos NSW (Narrabri Energy) Pty Ltd 
  • Santos NSW (Narrabri Power) Pty Ltd 
  • Santos NSW Pty Ltd
  • SDP Australia No. 3 Pty Ltd 
  • Silverton Wind Farm Transmission Pty Ltd 
  • Snowy Hydro Limited 
  • SPI Rosehill Network Pty Limited 
  • Sunset Power International Pty Ltd 
  • Sydney Desalination Plant Pty Limited 
  • Sydney Water Corporation
  • Telstra Corporation Limited 
  • The Albury Gas Co Ltd 
  • the Ministerial Holding Corporation constituted by the State Owned Corporations Act 1989
  • the owner of a transacted distribution system or transacted transmission system under the Electricity Network Assets (Authorised Transactions) Act 2015
  • Vodafone Network Pty Limited 
  • Water NSW

For the purposes of section 88A of the Act, a licensee is a prescribed authority, but only in respect of easements for the purpose of the construction and use of pipelines, for any purpose incidental to any such purpose and for the purpose of access to pipelines or to apparatus or works. Expressions used in this subclause have the same meanings they have in the Pipelines Act 1967.

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
  • AGL Macquarie Pty Limited 
  • an energy services corporation within the meaning of the Energy Services Corporations Act 1995,
  • an irrigation corporation within the meaning of the Water Management Act 2000
  • Australian Postal Corporation
  • Defence Housing Australia
  • Envestra (NSW) Pty Limited 
  • Hunter Water Corporation
  • Snowy Hydro Limited 
  • Sydney Water Corporation
  • the owner of a transacted distribution system or transacted transmission system under the Electricity Network Assets (Authorised Transactions) Act 2015
  • The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (N.S.W.)
  • Water 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:
  • an energy services corporation within the meaning of the Energy Services Corporations Act 1995
  • an irrigation corporation within the meaning of the Water Management Act 2000
  • Australian Postal Corporation
  • Envestra (NSW) Pty Limited 
  • Greening Australia (Capital Region) 
  • Hunter Water Corporation
  • Sydney Water Corporation
  • the owner of a transacted distribution system or transacted transmission system under the Electricity Network Assets (Authorised Transactions) Act 2015
  • The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (N.S.W.)
  • Water NSW