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QLD Lands Power of Attorney FAQ

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What is a Power of Attorney?

A Power of Attorney (POA) is a written instrument authorising a person, to act as agent for another person to the extent indicated in the instrument. The person being given authority does not need to be a legal practitioner, and could be the Public Trustee, the Adult Guardian or a relative or friend of the principal. In Queensland, a Power of Attorney dealing with real estate must be stamped and recorded in the Register of Powers of Attorney within the Land Registry.


What information will I get from a Power of Attorney Statement search?

All entries in the Register of Powers of Attorney that match your search criteria will be displayed in a browse list. Selections from this browse list will return an extract from the Automated Titles System (ATS) that includes the principal and attorney names, and the dealing number.

NB: This search does not provide an imaged copy of the Power of Attorney document.


Can I order a copy of the Power of Attorney?

Copies of the POA can be ordered through the Order Images: check Document/Dealing option on the QLD Land Searches Menu.


Are all Power of Attorneys in Queensland on this database?

Only powers of attorney relating to real estate will be retrieved by this search.


What does the information on a Power of Attorney mean?

Principal/Donor The person principally concerned, the person giving the power
Attorney/Donee The person appointed as agent, the person receiving the power
Execution Date Nominated date for power to begin, if no date nominated power begins immediately
Enduring POA The power continues even if the principal loses the capacity to make decisions
General POA The power ends immediately if the principal loses the capacity to make decisions

What search criteria should I use?

Dealing or Pre-ATS Dealing number: Like all ATS dealings, a power of attorney is identified by a unique string of 9 numbers. A power of attorney that predates the ATS (Automated Title System) will begin with a letter and may be up to 8 alphanumeric characters in length (a pre-ATS dealing number)

or

Principal Surname/Company Name: You can enter either the Company Name or the Surname and Given Name of the Principal. Wildcards can also be used to assist in the retrieval of results

and/or

Attorney Surname/Company Name: You can enter either the Company Name or the Surname and Given Name of the Attorney. Wildcards can also be used to assist in the retrieval of results


Can more than one attorney be appointed?

Multiple attorneys may be appointed to act jointly (together), as a majority (simple, 2/3 etc), severally (any can sign) or successively (one attorney replaces another under agreed circumstances). In the case of successive appointment, only the details of the current attorney will appear on the register.


How will my results be returned?

Results will be returned immediately on the screen. Simply click the 'COMPLETED' link to view results in PDF format. Results will also store in the Inbox for up to 30 business days where they can be retrieved again, printed or saved at no extra cost.


Can I use wildcards to search for a POA?

A wildcard '%' can be used when searching on a company name or surname but must be preceded by at least 3 characters (minimum 1 character for given names). If you do not use a wildcard the search will look for exact matches in that field.


Wildcard Examples

  1. Surname: Green, Given Name: blank
    This will find all persons with the surname Green regardless of given name

  2. Surname: Green, Given Name: John
    Will find only persons with the surname Green and the single given name John. Will not find John Robert Green

  3. Surname: Green, Given Name: J%
    Will find all persons with the surname Green and and a given name beginning with J. Will find John Robert Green

  4. Surname: Green%, Given Name: J%
    Will find all persons with a surname beginning with Green and a given name beginning with J. Will find John Greene

Wildcards must be used in conjunction with the first letters of the name. Fellgreen will not be found by using '%' and 'green' in any combination but will be found by Fel%.