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The burden of paperwork for conveyancers is set to ease following the launch of a new digital qualification verification process for occupational or vocational licences.

Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson said from November 5, all conveyancer licences can be applied for online and TAFE NSW qualifications can be verified without the need to upload paperwork or go into a Service NSW Centre.

“With about $95 billion changing hands in the NSW housing market last year alone, the State’s 1,600 licensed conveyancers are busier than ever,” Mr Anderson said.

“By digitising this process we’re reducing red tape for people in the conveyancing industry and giving them more time to focus on their customers rather than dealing with paperwork”.

“The new online process will enable TAFE qualifications to be verified and accepted in real-time, which removes the need to upload paperwork, and assures applicants that their qualification is valid and accepted before they pay and lodge their application.”

Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello said digitising the conveyancer application was another step in the digital licensing revolution.

“This new process creates a smoother experience for applicants but also gives them the confidence they are dealing with qualified conveyancers,” Mr Dominello said.

“The people of NSW expect the government to be making their life easier and this alongside the other digitised licences such as the Digital Driver Licence and White Card do exactly that.”

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said the digital validation process has been integrated with the TAFE NSW Application Program Interface (API) ahead of the launch, with plans to roll out to more Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and industries in the coming months.

“TAFE NSW graduates want to move from study to employment without the hassle of paperwork and queuing. The new digital verification process means qualified tradies can go from the classroom to the jobsite in a matter of minutes,” Mr Lee said.

Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Conveyancers NSW Division Chris Tyler said he was pleased to see the process improved for the conveyancing industry.

“Removing red tape to make the licensing renewals and applications quicker and easier for conveyancers will have a positive impact on our industry,” Mr Tyler said.

“I’m also looking forward to this process being rolled out across other Registered Training Organisations for conveyancers and other licensed industries in NSW.”

Verifying qualifications instantly with TAFE NSW is the first release of the API capability and built on the NSW Government’s commitment for a true digital end-to-end journey for customers across many industries and made it even easier to deal with government.

For more information on applying for a conveyancer licence, visit Fair Trading NSW.