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LIV calls for parties to provide stronger data security and improved environmental laws

LIV calls for parties to provide stronger data security and improved environmental laws

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The LIV is calling on all parties to commit to fixing the security and operational problems associated with the new electronic conveyancing system and the privatised Land Use Victoria.

It is also calling for legal and policy leadership to reduce greenhouse emissions, increase renewable energy targets and strengthen planning laws.

The LIV continues to express concern about the monopolisation of the electronic conveyancing market and has written to the Legal Services Council about the lack of consumer protection for clients transferring settlement funds.

It is also seeking amendments to consumer protection frameworks to include electronic conveyancing.

The state government has privatised the Victorian land titles registry office and has outsourced some of its land titles and registry functions as part of a 40-year lease.

LIV president Belinda Wilson has said the privatisation of Land Use Victoria means governmental oversight controls may no longer be applicable, which may compromise the security, accuracy and privacy of highly sensitive data.

The LIV has called for:

  • security and operational problems with PEXA to be rectified and to ensure there is at least one competitor to PEXA
  • public consultation with relevant bodies, including the Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner, Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee, Australian Institute of Conveyancers and Real Estate Institute of Victoria, to resolve identified security and inter-operational problems with the current electronic conveyancing system. 
  • the government to ensure that the partial privatisation of the Victorian Land Titles Registry does not compromise the integrity, security, accuracy and privacy of sensitive data or allow it to be exploited
  • stronger laws to protect the environment 
  • continued legal and policy leadership to cut greenhouse emissions, increase renewable energy targets and strengthen building and planning laws to reduce the impact of climate change on Victoria’s natural and built environment.

The LIV has published a range of resources on electronic conveyancing to help practitioners understand and manage the cybersecurity risks to themselves and their clients, and has expressed strong opposition to the privatisation of the Land Use Victoria in a letter to the state government and at a Parliament of Victoria Environment and Planning Committee meeting.

Read the Labor government, the Coalition Opposition and the Greens responses to the 10 priorities identified in the LIV’s Call to Parties here.


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