10 Reasons to enrol in the Macquarie Law School Conveyancing Program:

  • Experience you can trust: 2014 will be the 21st anniversary of the program producing over a thousand graduates.
  • University quality: Units taught by University lecturers and tutors with professional experience.
  • Comprehensive: Complete 8 units covering 68 areas of study. 
  • Recognised: Supported by the Australian Institute of Conveyancers (NSW)
  • Approved by NSW Office of Fair Trading
  • Study online: "Blended" delivery, offered online with interaction with fellow students and the tutor during on-campus weekend sessions
  • All applications considered: HSC preferred but not essential as an admission criterion.
  • Convenient:  Concessional parking during weekend on-campus sessions
  • Support: Online and centralised administrative support
  • Career change: find a new professional direction


Conveyancing Law & Practice

Macquarie Law School and the Centre for Open Education have been at the forefront of conveyancing education since the first course was offered in 1994.

The Conveyancing - Law and Practice course is a distance education course which provides a thorough grounding in the law and practice of conveyancing  through a rigorous examination of relevant legal and practical skills.

What is a Licensed Conveyancer?

Licensed conveyancers are able to undertake a wide range of legal work relating to property and business. They may act as legal advisors in the sale, purchase, mortgage or lease of residential and commercial property and small business, within the guidelines set down in the current Conveyancers Licensing Act.

The New South Wales Office of Fair Trading issues licenses to practise as a conveyancer after the Office is satisfied that an applicant has an approved educational qualification and relevant practical experience and training with a licensed Conveyancer or a legal practitioner.

Macquarie University's Conveyancing - Law and Practice is a distance education course which is approved by the NSW Office of Fair Trading as providing the educational qualification necessary for a licence. The approved practical experience with a licensed Conveyancer or legal practitioner may be gained before, during or after completion of the educational qualification.

Note: Conveyancers are not permitted to carry on business in conjunction with others where there may be a conflict of interest, for example real estate agents.

Applicants must make their own enquiries direct to the NSW Office of Fair Trading regarding relevant practical experience and possible conflict of interest issues (Telephone: 133 220) 

The Conveyancing - law and practice course

The course is a offered by distance education. This method of learning demands discipline and commitment. It is ideal for students already in full-time employment, with family or other commitments which prevent regular attendance at lectures.

The course is divided into the following 8 units which may be completed in two years (4 sessions):

  1. Foundation Legal Knowledge
  2. Contracts                       
  3. Vendor and Purchaser 1           
  4. Revenue Law
  5. Vendor and Purchaser 2
  6. Professional Skills 1
  7. Finance and Security
  8. Professional Skills

Download Unit Descriptions

Students need to allocate at lease 6 to 10 hours a week study time for each unit in which they are enrolled.

You may enrol in a maximum of 2 units per session, and are required to complete a minimum of 2 units per year. Units should be taken in the order listed above. New applicants must enrol in the introductory unit Foundation Legal Knowledge and, if they wish to take two units concurrently, may also enrol in Contracts.

Each session there are usually two on-campus sessions scheduled for each unit, one of which is designated "compulsory" and the other "voluntary". The compulsory On-Campus Sessions are an important part of the course and attendance is not negotiable.

Applicants must ensure they are able to attend compulsory On-Campus Sessions and Examinations for chosen units before submitting an application .


While it is expected that applicants will have reached a level of education equivalent to the New South Wales Higher School Certificate, with written proficiency in English, each application is considered on its merits and industry experience is taken into account. If you wish to have industry experience taken into account you must provide references from relevant employers.

Copies of your results(e.g. HSC or School Certificate results, TAFE course results) must be provided with your Application Form, not just a copy of the certificate awarded.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Macquarie University reserves the right to alter any of the arrangements for classes either before or during the course, to cancel or terminate a course, or to refuse any enrolments as permitted by law .

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New applications for enrolment in Session 2 open on 1 April, 2014 and close on 4 July, 2014.

2014 Application form for new students

Re-enrolment closes on 25 July, 2014.

2014 Re-enrolment form for continuing students

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Download important dates for 2014

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Fees must be included with your application. There is no provision for late or part payment of fees. Payment can be made by Mastercard, Visa, Amex, cheque or money order only. Cheque and money orders should be made payable to "Macquarie University".

Tuition Fees for Session 2 2014 are $1160 per unit.

The Conveyancing - Law and Practice is not a Commonwealth supported course. Tuition fees cannot be paid through FEE-HELP .

Course Materials

As a distance education student you will work from comprehensive study materials and textbooks for each unit.

Your study materials will be made available online through iLearn, Macquarie University's Online Learning Management System.


Textbooks must be purchased separately by students. It is suggested that you contact the relevant publishers directly to enquire about purchasing textbooks. A list of publishers is provided with the textbook list. If your application is successful you will receive a textbook list with the letter confirming your enrolment.

Internet Access

All students require internet access. There is a web page provided by the University for each unit in the Conveyancing - Law and Practice course. This website is used to provide internal email facilities, a discussion board for communication between students, a space for announcements by tutors and downloadable course resources.


Exemptions from units in the course may be granted when an applicant can demonstrate that they have successfully completed studies of very similar material as part of another recognised course. The major part of the content of a Macquarie University Conveyancing - Law and Practice unit must have been completed in previous studies in order to qualify for an exemption. As each of the eight units which make up the Conveyancing - Law and Practice course is broad in scope, it is sometimes the case that while an applicant has previously studied a related topic, their studies have not covered a sufficient amount of the content of the relevant unit. Please note that only in the most exceptional circumstances is an applicant granted exemptions from more than two (2) units.

Exemptions are not given for work experience.

If you believe that you may qualify for an exemption, please download the Exemption Request Form. Your application for exemption should be submitted with your application for enrolment, and must be received by the Closing Date for New Applications .

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If you decide to cancel your application, or withdraw from a unit, you must advise the Centre for Open Education in writing before the cancellation date for each semester. The University will only consider a refund of 80% of your tuition fee/s if requested before this date.

If you cancel or withdraw your application after the cancellation date you will not be eligible for a refund of the tuition fee/s.

The University cannot accept responsibility for changes in personal circumstances.

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Conveyancing Student Handbook 2014

Applications for enrolment in Session 2, 2014 open on 1 April and close on 4 July.  

Session 2 commences on Monday 11 August, 2014.

Please note:  Tuition fees for Session 2, 2014 are $1160 per unit