Stamp Duty Glossary of Terms
According to value.
The phrase is used in relation to duties levied according to the value of
the subject matter.
To transfer an interest in
A document transferring ownership or giving the right to transfer
At Arms Length
Not connected in such a way as to bring into question the ability of one
to act independently of the other (relates to parties to a
The interest in a trust property of the beneficiary of a trust (ie an equitable interest, by way of contrast with the legal or nominal interest of the trustee). A beneficial interest includes a potential beneficial interest for stamp duty purposes.
1. A person for whose benefit trust property is held; or
2. A person designated in a will as the recipient of a bequest.
In good faith, honestly (eg. bona fide transaction).
Business of Primary Production
Means the business of agriculture, pasturage, horticulture, viticulture, apiculture, poultry farming, dairy farming, forestry or any other business consisting of the cultivation of soils, the gathering of crops, the rearing of livestock or the propagation and harvesting of fish or other aquatic organisms.
The capital value includes the land and all improvements such as buildings, sheds, wells, dams and commercial planting of trees. It is the total value of the land and all things fixed to it, and is determined by qualified Valuers from the Valuer General's Office.
A record on the Certificate of Title held at the Lands Titles Office. A caveat prevents any dealing with the land inconsistent with the interest claimed by the person lodging the caveat. The existence of a caveat is noted on the Title but unlike registration of an interest this noting does not in itself confer any interest. The existence of an interest depends on the contract or other dealing involved. In some ways a caveat is a notice of the existence of unregistered interests, if no caveat is noted, another person might infer that no unregistered interests exist.
Certificate of Title
A document issued by the Registrar of the Lands Titles Office showing the registered proprietor of the land under the Torrens System. It is equivalent to title deeds under the old system.
Any kind of personal property as opposed to real property (land). A distinction is drawn between chattels real, that is, interests related to real estate but not classified as real property interests, notably leases, and chattels personal, comprising all other types of personal property.
A security additional to the main security.
An agreement between two or more persons which creates an obligation to do, or not to do, a particular thing. A contract creates a legal relationship between the parties to the contract.
The amount of money paid by the transferee to the transferor for the property.
1. The formal transfer of property; or
2. The instrument by means of which such a transfer is effected.
For a complete list refer to the definition in Section 60 of the SD Act.
Conveyance of other kind
Refers to a conveyance which is not a conveyance on sale or a voluntary conveyance.
A transfer of an interest less than a full interest.
Amongst or between living persons.
The situation arising upon the death of a person who has not left a valid will, or who has failed to dispose entirely of his/her assets (partial intestacy).
To die without having left a valid will or having left a will which does not dispose entirely of the deceased’s assets.
Laws of Intestacy
The “laws of intestacy” are set out in the Administration and Probate Act 1919. This Act states that if a person dies intestate, then the property should be distributed in the manner set out in that Act.
The person to whom a lease is granted (the tenant).
The person who grants a lease (the landlord) to another person.
Letter of Agency
Letter whereby a purchaser appoints another party to enter into and execute a contract on their behalf (ie act as their agent).
A freehold interest or estate subsisting as long as the grantee, or some other person, might live.
Lands Titles Office. The Lands Titles Office is a branch of the Land Services Group which is responsible for key land administration functions for the South Australian Government. The Land Services website address is www.landservices.sa.gov.au
The price which a willing but not anxious vendor could reasonably expect to obtain and a hypothetical willing but not anxious purchaser could reasonably expect to have to pay.
Non – Residential
You will need to indicate whether the land is used as residential or non-residential.
Generally the ‘non-residential’ classification will include all conveyances of land which are not classified as residential. Clear examples are conveyances of industrial and commercial land. In some instances properties may have a residential capacity, but nonetheless should be classified as non-residential – this would include:
- short stay residential apartments;
- boarding houses;
- residential colleges/halls of residence;
- school boarding houses;
- nursing homes;
- retirement villages;
- caravan parks and camping grounds;
- marina berths; or
- farms and other primary production land - unless predominantly for residential use rather than primarily for use in primary production.
There will be instances where a conveyance of real property has mixed uses – eg a shop with a house/flat attached. In such instances, the predominant use of the property should determine whether it is classified as residential or non-residential. Indicators of the predominant use may include which potential uses are most active currently, the respective floor area of the actual uses (if able to be determined) or the separate valuation of each of the respective uses.
A notional value is a concessional property valuation available to primary producers and others under certain circumstances. Notional values are aimed at encouraging the retention of primary production uses on land where there is pressure to alter the use away from primary production.
Potential Beneficial Interest
The rights, expectancies or possibilities of an object of a discretionary trust in, or in relation to, property subject to the discretionary trust. Object is a person on whom the trustee can vest any trust property.
Quoted Marketable Securities
Means a marketable security that is quoted on a recognised stock exchange.
Recognised Stock Exchange
Means the Australian Stock Exchange Limited or a stock exchange classified by regulation as a recognised stock exchange.
Includes persons who are connected by blood or marriage and also includes “related persons” as defined in section 60A(6) of the SD Act, which includes:
- natural persons who are either members of a partnership or who are related as spouses or as a parent and a child;
- related companies for Corporations Act 2001 purposes;
- trustees who have a common beneficiary in relation to their individual trusts;
- natural person and a company, where the natural person is a major shareholder, director, secretary of the company or in another related company;
- natural person beneficiary and the trustee of the trust; or
- a company and a trustee under certain circumstances (refer section 60A(6)(f) of the SD Act).
An interest in land, vesting in possession on the determination of a prior particular estate in the same land: to A for life, remainder to B in fee simple. A contingent remainder is for a future interest which will only arise (ie. vest in interest) on the happening of some contingency, and if it does not arise, will vest in possession on the determination of the prior particular estate: to A for life with remainder to B in fee simple if B attains the age of 21.
A person entitled to a remainder.
Payment to the lessor by the lessee for the right to exclusive possession of premises for a period.
You will need to indicate whether the land is used as residential or non-residential.
The following are examples of the main property types which should be classified as ‘residential’. These classifications apply irrespective of whether the property being conveyed is established or newly constructed, and irrespective of whether it is purchased for owner occupation, investment (rental) or business use.
- holiday homes;
- vacant land zoned as residential use (if known);
- permanent houseboat moorings;
- permanent caravan park sites; or
- farms and other primary production land - only if predominantly for residential use.
There will be instances where a conveyance of real property has mixed uses – eg a shop with a house/flat attached. In such instances the predominant use of the property should determine whether it is classified as residential or non-residential. Indicators of the predominant use may include which potential uses are most active currently, the respective floor area of the actual uses (if able to be determined) or the separate valuation of each of the respective uses.
This is a reference to the South Australian Stamp Duties Act, 1923.
The site value is the value of a piece of land excluding any value added by buildings or other improvements. It is the value of just the land, as if it were vacant. It is determined by qualified Valuers from the Valuer General's Office.
The surrenderor is the registered lessee that gives up their rights to a Crown Lease, in effect, they surrender the Crown Lease.
An instrument creating and setting out the terms of a trust.
One who holds property for another under trust.
Trustee in Bankruptcy
One authorised to act as trustee of a bankrupt’s estate.
Pursuant to section 71 of the SD Act, the value of the property conveyed by any conveyance operating as a voluntary disposition must be declared in the conveyance. This is the value of the property being conveyed.