The ARNECC Model Participation Rules Version 5 for e-conveyancing are in effect from 25 February 2019 in NSW, VIC, QLD, WA and SA.
Client Authorisation Forms
There are now two separate types of Client Authorisation Forms:
- Client Authorisation Representative– authorises a solicitor or conveyancer to act for the client in a conveyancing transaction;
- Client Authorisation Attorney– authorises a person acting under a power of attorney to act for the donor in a conveyancing transaction, the donor being the person giving the power.
The Client Authorisation Attorney form only applies to Subscribers signing as Attorneys and not any other Subscriber who may happen to be an Attorney e.g. a conveyancer or lawyer generally acting as their Client’s Attorney. A Representative Subscriber (conveyancers and lawyers) should continue to use the Client Authorisation – Representative form.
See rules 5.6 and 6.3 for requirements.
A new Guidance Note is currently being drafted by ARNECC that will provide further information regarding this new provision.
Practitioners must ensure they use the correct Client Authorisation Form for each conveyancing transaction.
These forms are available on all By Lawyers Conveyancing matter plans within Folder ‘A. Getting the matter underway > Verification of identity folder’.
Verification of Identity in mortgage transactions
Responsibilities for verifying the identity of mortgagors have been updated. Practitioners acting for a mortgagee, must take reasonable steps to verify the identity of mortgagors in accordance with r 6.5.1(b), even where the mortgagor is represented.
Additional identity documents
Australian Evidence of Immigration Status ‘ImmiCard’ and Australian Migration Status ‘ImmiCards’ are now acceptable types of identity documents and have been added to the table in Schedule 8 of the Model Participation Rules.
All relevant By Lawyers publications have been updated to reflect the ARNECC Model Participation Rules Version 5, including the detailed Verification of Identity commentary located in all conveyancing and property matter plans under Folder ‘A. Getting the matter underway’.