Course Title: Australian Property Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Australian Property Law

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


615H Accounting


Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Astrid DiCarlo

Course Coordinator Phone: 0438318603

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
040015 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods
049813 - Contract Law

Course Description

This course will introduce you to principles of real and personal property. It examines what ‘property’ is and what rights property ‘ownership’ creates. A special focus of the course is the law relating to real property and the predominant system of land ownership in Australia - the Torrens system. Within this framework, the course aims to familiarise you with broad concepts and some specific rules relating to the meaning and purposes of the concept of property. This course covers concepts such as possession and title, the nature and type of proprietary interests; the creation of proprietary interests; legal and equitable interests; servitudes and security interests; co-ownership’ priority rules and remedies. In addition this course enables you to gain an understanding of the relationship between the rules of property law and other rules used to resolve conflicts between legal persons (for example, some aspects of the rules of contract law and of torts).

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of Australian Property Law.
  2. Critically evaluate the law relating to Australian Property Law.
  3. Analyse and research complex problems relating to Australian Property Law and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives.
  4. Demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to Australian Property Law and generate appropriate responses

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT/Blackboard. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.

Assessment Task 1: 25%
Linked CLOs: 2

Assessment Task 2: 25%
Linked CLOs: 3, 4

Final Examination: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.