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What are disbursements in- conveyancing ?


If you are buying or selling a property, you may have heard of the term "conveyancing disbursements". But what are they and why do you need to pay for them?


Conveyancing disbursements are costs and fees that your conveyancer pays to third parties on your behalf during the conveyancing process. These are separate from the conveyancer's professional fee for their service.


Conveyancing disbursements can include:


  • Searches to obtain information about the property from the government and other public authorities, such as title search, council certificates, land tax clearance, zoning certificates, etc. These searches are important to ensure that there are no hidden issues or risks that may affect your decision to buy or sell the property.

  • Registration fees to register the transfer of ownership and mortgage (if applicable) with the relevant land registry. These fees are set by the state or territory government and vary depending on the value of the property and the type of transaction.

  • Administrative expenses such as postage, courier, photocopying, etc. These expenses cover the costs of communicating and delivering documents between parties involved in the conveyancing process.

  • Other professional fees such as building and pest inspections, strata reports, survey reports, etc. These fees are optional and depend on whether you require these services to check the condition of the property or to comply with any special conditions in the contract.

The amount and type of conveyancing disbursements will vary depending on the property, the state or territory, and the conveyancer you choose. Your conveyancer should provide you with a total costs they will charge you before you engage their service. They should also keep you updated on any changes or additional disbursements that may arise during the process.


Conveyancing disbursements are an essential part of the conveyancing process and should not be overlooked or underestimated. They ensure that you have all the necessary information and documentation to complete your property transaction smoothly and legally. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us for a quote for your conveyancing needs.


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