State organisations representing specialist conveyancers have been in place in several states for a number of years, the oldest being South Australia since 1923. Their formation was driven by the need to represent the conveyancers licensed or registered within that state. State and territory governments are currently responsible for the licensing of conveyancers, and the licensing requirements vary between the jurisdictions.
In more recent times, there has been a rise in issues affecting all conveyancers. Rather than working alone, it became important that conveyancers had a united voice to deal effectively with these national issues.
In December 1992, the Australian Institute of Conveyancers was registered as an Incorporated Association. The state organisations became Divisions of the Institute and constitute its Members. Conveyancers and other associated industry participants are members of their State Division.
Since then, the Institute has actively advocated on national issues on behalf of specialist Conveyancers. The work load for the Division members taking on the National Council and Secretariat duties has risen steadily as national issues evolved and expanded.
This situation led the Australian Council to appoint a fulltime National Secretary in January 2010 to assist the Institute and its members take on the challenges confronting specialist conveyancers in a rapidly changing environment.