Course Title: Australian Property Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Australian Property Law

Credit Points: 12.00


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 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024


Open Learning Australia

Non Award

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Distance / Correspondence


Course Coordinator: Vanessa Johnston

Course Coordinator Phone: + 61 3 9925 1083

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced pre-requisites:

040015 - LAW1019/LAW2396 Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods
049812 - LAW2524/LAW2525 Fundamentals of 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 Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and 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: 10%
Linked CLOs: 2

Assessment Task 2: 40%
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.