User Login

Skilled Conveyancing Services P/L

5 5 1

1 Review

Shop 21A, First Floor Wantirna Mall,348 Mountain Highway, Wantirna VIC 3152

  •  Overview 

Business Overview

As one of the longest operating conveyancing firms in Victoria, we can truly say that we are Conveyancing Specialists!

1 Customer Review

Very happy with the personalised service. They were very knowledgable and had everything done in a timely matter, creating no additional stress for us throughout the house selling process Highly recommend these guys

Write a Review

Reviews submitted are subject to the Review Guidelines. Negative reviews may optionally be removed by the business owner, but all ratings (both positive and negative) are used to calculate business rating scores (star ratings).

Recent Activity

7 new photos added to their Photo Gallery

Thu 9th Feb

Skilled Conveyancing Services P/L uploaded new testimonials

10 new testimonials added to their Testimonials

Thu 9th Feb

Photo Gallery

View more »

Our Team Profiles

DAWN BARRY F.Inst.L.Ex. (Vic)

DAWN BARRY F.Inst.L.Ex. (Vic)


Principal - Licensed Conveyancer


Skilled Conveyancing Services Pty Ltd has helped clients buy and sell properties throughout Victoria since 1990. The Principal behind this well respected company is DAWN BARRY. Dawn is a Licensed Conveyancer holding a Full Licence under the Conveyancers Act 2006. She holds a Diploma of Financial Services (Conveyancing) Swinburne. Dawn is also a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives (Vic), and as such is qualified to take Statutory Declarations in Victoria, affidavits and certify documents. Dawn has worked in the legal industry for more than 30 years. Skilled Conveyancing has been a winner of the KNOX SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS two years running. Dawn was also nominated as TELSTRA WOMAN OF THE YEAR in 2003. Dawn's firm client base reflects her genuine interest in her client's welfare. She takes great pride in her work and her clients are always her No. 1 priority. It is important to Dawn that her clients are well taken care of.




Licensed Conveyancer


Mandy has many years experience as a Conveyancer and has worked with a number of firms over the 30 years she has worked in the legal industry. Mandy is a Licensed Conveyancer holding a Full Licence under the Conveyancers Act 2006. She holds a Diploma of Financial Services (Conveyancing) Swinburn. Mandy is also a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives (Vic), and as such is qualified to take Statutory Declarations in Victoria, affidavits and certify documents. Mandy has extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of Conveyancing and property related matters including land transfers, subdivisions, building contracts, off the plan sales and general Conveyancing. Mandy prides herself in creating and maintaining friendly but professional relationships with her clients, communicating openly and honestly with them. Her primary objective is to provide quality service at all times, and is committed to ensuring her clients' needs are achieved.


Please note that the following testimonials are collected, supplied and maintained by Skilled Conveyancing Services P/L.

Cathy Ashton ,
Hi Dawn, I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciated your excellent service during my recent house purchase. I found your company through a Google search so I wasn't really sure what to expect and was a bit nervous using a Company that hadn't been recommended to me by a friend. I really appreciated how you took the time to explain the various processes involved with buying a house - from the ins and outs of putting in an offer, checking the Section 32 for dodgy things, how to pay the cheques to the right people on the right days, etc, etc. I was quite apprehensive about the process but your advice gave me a lot of confidence and peace of mind. We must have exchanged more than 30 emails over the period preceding my purchase but you were always patient and helpful, and it never seemed like I was being a labour-intensive client (even though I probably was!). Also, I certainly expected to pay more for conveyancing so when I received your bill I was really impressed with the level of service I had received for the fee you charged. Thank you once again and I'll certainly pass your details on to my friends when they need conveyancing work done. Please also thank Mandy for her help, she was wonderfully helpful and patient as well. Warm regards,
Amanda and Andrew Hamilton ,
The Hamilton family has a long, actually very long history with Skilled Conveyancing Services.... It all started way back in 1992 when we purchased our very first little shack in Ferny Creek. The Real Estate Agent gave me the telephone number of this "no nonsense" Conveyancer by the name of Dawn.... we were advised that the services were affordable, prompt, reliable and Dawn held a reputation for being super efficient and particularly skilled in the area of managing challenges! Well that was 11 purchases ago believe it or not, and equally as many sales and it's not over yet... we are exhausted just thinking about it all. I think we have qualified for our own filing cabinet now! Seriously though, we have placed all our trust in the one basket for so long with Skilled Conveyancing.... and never ever been let down! Thank you so very much
Brent, Anth, Kai, Taj and Indigo ,
Skilled Conveyancing were fantastic for us. We recently purchased a home which required a lot of negotiation and some very difficult circumstances. Skilled identified the problems early and dealt with them with the utmost professionalism. They went above and beyond what was required, and we can not thank them enough. We would not hesitate in recommending them to anybody.
Mr & Mrs Pinho ,
We would like to take this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude for all your hard work you have done for us. You have always provided us with the security of knowing that we are always in good hands. Your professionalism, your understanding and your compassion for the work you do is outstanding. Your staff are always friendly, courteous and available to answer all relevant questions any time we call, which is always very comforting. We thank you for exceeding our expectations every time we need you. We have, and always will, recommend your services to our friends and family as we think of you as part of our family.
Kaye Giezen ,
We have used the excellent services of Skilled Conveyancing for several years involving ten properties. I really honestly cannot recommend them highly enough. They are always organised, always ahead of time and very professional. I feel they have every angle covered and consequently our transactions have been smooth and hassle free. I don't think it would have been so easy without them! I wish them lots of luck for the future but know that anyone who becomes a client will not regret it!
Graeme Otto ,
My association with Skilled Conveyancing began a few years ago with the purchase of a holiday house and more recently a purchase of a new family home. It has been a pleasure doing business with Skilled Conveyancing. Dawn and her team always provide friendly, open and informative advice regarding all aspects of Conveyancing. It is, at times, a difficult task to have to deal with those involved with the buying and selling of Real Estate (Lawyers, Real Estate Agents, Buyers and Sellers) but Skilled Conveyancing make all this look easy. Nothing is too much trouble and all is achieved with a minimum of fuss. I will continue to use Skilled Conveyancing in the future and would not hesitate in recommending their services to other people.
Euan Brixton ,
This letter is to thank you and your staff in the admiral way your Company handled the conveyancing of the sale of our home in Belgrave Heights recently. With all the various authorities etc involved, and the fact you kept in close communication, everything went extremely smoothly. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who needs to have property settlements &/or transfer of land services carried out, including myself for any future needs I may have in this respect. Thanks once again and my best regards for now.
Ken Chong ,
I am very content with the services that I received. Mandy is very professional, efficient and very prompt with the actions taken in handling my case. In addition, she and her team are very helpful and patient in explaining some conveyancing procedures to me. I would have no hesitation in recommending Skilled Conveyancing to anyone. Once again, I would like to take this opportunity to say �Thank you to Mandy� for her professionalism. Best regards,
Shelley Bourke , Bourke & Sons Constructions Pty Ltd
We would like to pass on our thanks to Mandy for the professional service we received on the sale of 2 units in Mitcham. She handled the paperwork side of the subdivision, sale and settlement for us. We really appreciate the effort Mandy made on keeping us informed, and the ease at which everything was processed. Mandy�s knowledge in unit development is extensive, and we will definitely be using her services on future developments. Yours sincerely
Gayle Gook ,
My family has had assistance for the purchase and sale of three properties in the past six months from Skilled Conveyancing. We have complicated the issue with interstate and overseas involvement receiving from Skilled Conveyancing consideration and professional service for all the requests made. Mandy has made time to see family members between flights and assisted to make the process run as smoothly as possible. Thank you

Frequently Asked Questions

What is State Land Tax?

Land Tax is a tax levied on the ownership of land in Victoria owned as at mid-night on the 31st December of each year. It includes vacant land, dwellings, flats, holiday homes, and commercial properties and is based on value.

Your principal place of residence or land used for primary production is normally exempt from land tax.

First Home Owner Grant

I am a First Home Buyer. Do I get any assistance from the government?

You may be eligible for the First Home Owner Grant scheme.

To check the eligibility requirements for Victoria, please visit the Victorian State Revenue Office website.


Who pays GST on property transactions?

GST is a tax on the supply of goods and services. In property transactions, it is the seller of real estate that may be obliged to remit GST. Often a Contract passes the GST payment obligation to the purchaser.

However not all supplies attract GST. A number of criteria must be satisfied before GST becomes payable. Some transactions may also be GST free.

Transactions involving GST issues should be negotiated with care to ensure there is clarity on whether GST is applicable and who is obliged to pay the GST.

The question of whether you are responsible for GST should be resolved prior to any Contract of Sale be entered into.

Purchasers Contribution at Settlement

When, as a Purchaser, will I know how much I have to pay at settlement?

It would be ideal to know the final figures you require for settlement a few weeks prior to settlement.

Unfortunately, this is usually not possible because the vendor relies on the advices of his Lender.

The vendor has the right to direct payment due to them at settlement in any way they wish. If they ask for more than three bank cheques, we can deduct a fee from them for every additional cheque they may require you to draw for settlement.

If your Lender is advancing all funds, it is simple then for ask to provide them with the final cheque direction by the vendor which alleviates the need for you to send/attend our office to provide your contribution.

If the Lender is only advancing some of the monies, you will need to draw the balance. We will advise you how much and to whom, once we are directed by the vendor.

Paying the Deposit

The agent is asking for the deposit and my finance has not been approved yet, what do I do?

You must pay your deposit on the due date or any extended date allowed by the vendor. If you do not pay the deposit you are in breach of the terms of the contract.

We could obtain an extension of the finance date together with an extension of the payment of deposit on your behalf. You would need to contact us immediately.

Loan Approval

My loan is not approved and the finance approval date in the contract is due now, what can I do?

You must contact us immediately. Our team will ask the vendor for an extension of the finance approval date. This is not an uncommon request and is usually granted. You do not have to do anything - we will do it all for you.

If you need a further extension of finance approval, please contact us and we will put in another request on your behalf. This is where it is very important that you communicate with us. If we are not kept informed, your Contract is at risk of becoming UNCONDITIONAL.

If your Contract becomes unconditional, you are bound by all terms of the Contract and you must complete the Contract, notwithstanding you do not have finance! Beware and Be Aware!

Inspection of the Property prior to final settlement

What rights do purchasers have to inspect?

The contract provides that a purchaser has the right to inspect the condition of the property and the chattels at any reasonable time during the period of seven days prior to the settlement date.

The Purchasers should exercise this right and at the time of the inspection, make arrangements with the Vendors for collection of the keys on the settlement date.

It is normal practice for all keys to the property to be left at the Real Estate Agents for collection by the purchaser after settlement has been effected, however if the Vendor has retrieved the key from the Real Estate Agent once the sale has been effected, you will need to ensure that a key is available to you when settlement has been confirmed.


What should a purchaser do about Insurance?

As from the signing of the Contract a purchaser has an insurable interest in the property and should arrange for immediate cover on all improvements once the Contract becomes unconditional. Whilst the Vendor has a legal obligation to have the property insured at the time of the Sale, the property remains at the risk of the Vendor until final settlement is effected.

Purchasers should note that if a lender is involved that the lender will require a Certificate of Currency of Insurance noting the lenders interests thereon before they will advance monies for settlement.

Identity of the Land

Should the Purchaser check the location and dimensions of the property?

It would be more prudent for all purchasers to check the dimensions and location of the property prior to signing the contract. An omission or mistake in the description. measurements or area of the land does not invalidate the sale.

The Purchaser may not; a. Make an objection or claim for compensation for any alleged mis-description of the property or any deficiency in its area or measurements or b. requre the Vendor to amend Title or pay any costs of amending the Title.

Swimming Pool Fences

The Vendor has not fenced the swimming pool. Does the purchaser have any rights?

The fact that the vendor has not complied with these regulations does not improve the purchasers position. The vendor may be liable for a fine but this is just like any other illegal structure situation and the purchaser is not entitled to require the vendor to comply with the regulations prior to settlement.

The purchaser should fence the pool within 30 days of settlement or the purchaser will be in breach of the regulations

Settlement - Time and Place

Where should settlement take place and at what time?

Settlement is effected where the Title is held. The Vendor may nominate the location of settlement and a time for settlement is mutually agreed between the parties.

This would need to take into consideration, some reasonableness as to the availability of the outgoing and incoming lenders for all parties to be present at the same time where the Title is being held.

Illegal Structures

The purchasers made enquiries of the local council after signing the Contract and it has been revealed that the Vendor has not obtained a permit for the pergola constructed to the rear of the property. Can the purchaser avoid the Contract?

No, in the absence of a Notice served prior to the Contract, the purchaser may not avoid. Any Notice served after the date of the Contract will be the purchasers responsibility.

Early Settlement

During the course of the Contract the vendor asks the purchaser to settle one week early. The purchaser agreed to this request and an appointment to settle on the early date was made. At the last moment the Purchaser was unable to settle on the earlier date but was able to settle prior to the original date fixed for settlement. Is the purchaser obliged to pay penalty?

Yes, where an earlier or later date is agreed between the parties and confirmed, either in writing or orally, then the date becomes the settlement date and failure to settle on that date constitutes a breach of the contract.


A purchaser has conducted an inspection of the property prior to settlement and has discovered that the Vendor has removed the curtains, which were included in the contract. Settlement is today; can the Purchaser deduct the estimated cost of replacement from settlement monies?

The Vendor carries the risk of loss or damage to the property until settlement and must deliver the property to the Purchaser at settlement in the same condition as it was in at the day of sale expect for fair wear and tear.

The Purchaser must not delay settlement because one or more of the goods is not in the same condition when inspected on the day of sale.

The purchaser may however nominate an amount not exceeding $5,000.00 to be held by a stakeholder to be appointed by the parties. The nominated amount may be deducted from the amount due to the Vendor at settlement and paid to the stakeholder but only if the Purchaser also pays an amount equal to the nominated amount to the stakeholder.


Can a Purchaser avoid the Contract if they, before settlement, discover that the property has a number of defects such as defective drainage and cracked walls?

No, the principle of Caveat Emptor still applies and a purchaser should complete enquiries prior to the signing of the Contract.

Cooling Off and Exchange

If a purchaser signed a contract seven days ago and the agent took the Contract away to have the vendor sign but has not been back in contact .....can the purchaser cool off?

The purchasers right to cool off is lost three working days after the purchaser signs, irrespective of whether the vendor has signed.

It has been held that if the purchaser's offer is not accepted and the vendor submits a counter offer, then the purchaser has another three working days after confirming the counter offer.