Australian Property Law - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Discussion Board & Assignment (25%) , Assignment 2 - Memorandum of Advice (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 4,320.00

This unit 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 unit aims to familiarise you with broad concepts and some specific rules relating to the meaning and purposes of the concept of property. This 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 unit 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).

Upon successful completion of this unit 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.
  • Assignment 1 — Discussion Board & Assignment (25%)
  • Assignment 2 — Memorandum of Advice (25%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The Concept of Property
2Introduction to Title to Land and to Possessory Title
3Fragmentation of Property Interests
4The Creation and Disposition of Property Interests
5Equitable Interests Arising by Operation of Law
6Boundaries, Adverse Possession and the Doctrine of Fixtures
9Priority Disputes between Proprietary Interests
10The Torrens System and the Principle of Indefeasibility and Exceptions to Indefeasibility
11Torrens System Priority Disputes and the Caveat System

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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