Course Title: Identify and conduct searches

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6164 Advanced Diploma of Conveyancing

Course Title: Identify and conduct searches

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 60

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T Vocational Business Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2019,
Term2 2019,
Term1 2020,
Term2 2020,
Term1 2021,
Term2 2021

Course Contact: Theresa Lyford

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5444

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes skills and knowledge required for conducting searches, analysing and evaluating all relevant conveyancing data for the transaction following confirmation of initial instructions from the client.

It applies to individuals who use research skills and systematic approaches to organise and collate complex documentation that meets compliance requirements.

Work functions in the occupational areas where this unit may be used are subject to regulatory requirements. Refer to the relevant regulator for specific guidance on requirements.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

BSBCNV601 Identify and conduct searches


1 Identify information needs

2 Perform relevant document searches and investigations

3 Evaluate issues arising with transaction

4 Deal with third parties and other professionals

5 Present information relevant to transaction to client

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

In order to achieve competency in this unit, you must provide:

Performance Evidence
Evidence of the ability to:

  • communicate effectively with a client and third parties involved in a transaction
  • accurately request and record search information from authorities and third parties
  • assess transaction risk and recommend strategies determined from information in compliance with practice or agency policy and procedures and relevant legislation relating to information searches
  • present clear, concise and accurate information in relation to a transaction.

Knowledge Evidence
To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, you must:

  • identify and explain key:
    • business principles and law applicable to conveyancing transactions
    • current legislative, regulatory and industry practices, procedures and services
  • analyse and explain the consequences of searches relevant to the conveyancing transaction
  • identify and describe current procedures and practices for conducting searches
  • identify any requirements of financial institutions
  • identify and explain key insurance requirements relevant to the conduct of conveyancing searches
  • outline policies, procedures and business requirements of the practice relevant to the conduct of conveyancing searches
  • define and explain a range of professional and industry terminology
  • outline key registration and conversion procedures and strategies
  • discuss issues relating to risk assessment and evaluation strategies
  • compare and contrast types of document searches, including e-conveyancing systems, for personal, business or real estate conveyancing.

Assessment Conditions
Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in the conveyancing field of work and include access to:

  • common office equipment, technology, software and consumables
  • suitable records showing the conduct of conveyancing search.             

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions. You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.