Hi @LachlanCrowe "coming months" seems to have been the plan for many months. We are currently receiving semi-readable screenshots which are non-compliant with legislation, and missing basic required items such as parcel particulars and/or DOBs. As we are not far away from compulsory PEXA usage, it is disappointing and frustrating that movement on this issue seems to be glacial. From a quick browse of the forum, it seems that all involved (councils. water and practitioners) share this frustration. Most councils have embraced and assisted by including BPay details on our LICs when PEXA requested this about 18 months ago. At the same time, SRO, banks and Titles Office have been able to receive electronic documentation instantaneously and automatically since day 1 (not coincidentally, they are also the co-owners of PEXA), yet the supply of a legislatively required document still seems stuck in the 1990s for both Councils and Water Authorities. Reading some comments on this forum it seems that some practitioners are under the mistaken impression that C&WAs are to blame for this situation. One practitioner is pushing the responsibility onto their clients, blaming C&WAs. The following is a direct quote from another thread on this forum. We are being told, "Please note: The Notice of Acquisition needs to be printed from PEXA and sent to local council and the water authority once settlement has occurred." This is most inconvenient. Councils and water authorities that use PEXA should be able to access the NOA themselves, without us having to go to the trouble of posting them. As the councils and water authorities do not seem to have the incentive to gain access to the NOA through PEXA, I have decided to make this the personal responsibility of the client. Our firm now advises purchaser clients that it is their responsibility to ensure that the NOA is delivered to the local council, water authority and owners corporation. When these authorities grow tired of having sort out messes created by their having to deal direct with their customers I'm sure they will find a way to streamline the process.
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NOAs can also be emailed to councils (and no doubt also to water authorities), so you can choose "print to pdf" and email the document. Many councils are now including BPay details on Land Information Certificates for settlement payments, thus assisting with the move to paperless settlements. If your council has not done this yet, they should be doing it soon.
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