This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and apply property law concepts and applications, including analysis of real and personal property, estates and interests, mortgages, easements, and covenants, tenancies, and adverse possession, in order to support the work of a legal office, practice or associated context.

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - communication skills to work with clients, colleagues, management, relevant specialist personnel under direction, independently or within a team - research to identify and source legislation and provisions relevant to property law - critical analysis skills to research and evaluate the history and development of relevant legislation and provisions such as Torrens title systems and Transfer of Land Act - analytical, literacy and technical writing skills Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - relevant Federal and State and local government legislative and statutory provisions pertaining to property law - the general features of the Torrens title system and provisions of Transfer of Land Act with reference to: - the compensation scheme - the registry of Land Victoria - how land comes under the operation of the scheme including conversion of common law holdings - the single document as proof of title - the centrality of registration to the scheme - distinction between title examples and styles - the legislative provisions and case law in relation to: - the conclusiveness of the register - the estate of the registered proprietor being paramount and the exceptions - the concept of indefeasibility and the controversy over whether it is immediate or deferred - the meaning of fraud in the context of indefeasibility and its effect - in personam rights - principles, aims and circumstances of property law, including: - property, land holding and transfer - real estate holdings - proving the existence of estates in land - the General or Common Law holding - the Torrens System - Adverse Possession - estates of certain duration - mortgages - easements and covenants

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