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LAWS11-314: Personal Property Transactions January 2019 [Standard]

General information

Personal Property Transactions is a compulsory subject in the Bachelor of Laws program offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject covers the principles of law applicable to personal property transactions comprising the sale of goods under the Sale of Goods Act 1896 (Qld), and the creation, perfection and enforcement of security interests under the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) [PPSA]. The subject includes discussion of the sale of goods, the basic concepts introduced under the PPSA, attachment and perfection of security interests, priority between security interests, accessions, proceeds and enforcement of security interests. It also examines Retention of Title (Romalpa) clauses, liens and pledges in relation to the Common Law and PPSA.


Academic unit:Faculty of Law
Subject code:LAWS11-314
Subject title:Personal Property Transactions
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:January 2019
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended Study Hours
Attendance and learning activities: Attendance of tutorials in mandatory. You will be graded on class participation.


Prescribed resources:
  • Harris & Mirzai Annotated Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth). 3rd, CCH
  • Sales of Goods Act 1986 (Qld). [Legislation]
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This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Distinguish between the various types of personal property.
  2. Determine when property and risk in personal property transfers.
  3. Distinguish between a secured liability and an unsecured liability.
  4. Understand when a party has the best possible security interest.
  5. Determine priorities as between competing security interests.
  6. Understand the impact of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth).


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Class Participation Tutorial Participation 15% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Skills Assignment Letter of Advice and supporting Memo to the Managing Partner 25% Week 10 3, 4, 5, 6.
Paper-based Examination (Limited Open) Final Examination 60% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Subject curriculum

Students will learn the differentiation between classes of personal property and be introduced to the concept of taking security over that property.

1, 2, 3, 6.

Students will be provided with an outline of the Nemo Dat rule and the effect of the Sale of Goods Act 1896 (Qld) (SGA) has on that rule. Further a detailed analysis of the provisions of the SGA will be undertaken, specifically its effect on when risk and ownership in personal property will transfer.

2, 6.

Students will be introduced to the provisions of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA). We will examine its background, structure and important definitions. As with most security, the provisions of the security document or the enabling legislation are not brought into question until there is a default

1, 3, 4, 5, 6.

This week we commence moving through the functionality of the PPSA. Each week we will continue to build a structure that outlines the necessary steps to provide maximum protection. This week we start with the centrepiece of the PPSA and answer the questions - when does a security interest attach and when and how does it perfect.

1, 3, 4, 5, 6.

This week we will examine how the PPSA deals with competing interests under the Priority Rules provided for in the PPSA, and Purchase Money Security Interests (PMSIs). Students will also be introduced to an example of a PMSI: Romalpa (Retention of Title) clauses, a common form of security undertaken in small to medium sized business relationships. A review of the effect of the PPSA on this form of security will be undertaken.

1, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Students will continue to build on their knowledge on the functionality of the PPSA and the question of competing priorities in security interests. This week the focus will be on Proceeds and Commingling

1, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Historically one of the vexing issues in recovering secured personal property has been when that property has been on-sold. The PPSA attempts to clarify this matter. We will further discuss what happens when property is installed into other property and when property may be taken free from a security interest.

1, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Following on from our discussion of the priority rules under the PPSA in Week 9 students will now take the next step - enforcement. What actions can secured party take to enforce their security?

1, 3, 4, 5, 6.

This week we will discuss the Transitional Provisions relating to securities created before the commencement of the PPSA, and review significant provisions of the Act in practice. We also examine specific provisions in the PPSA relating to Intellectual Property

1, 3, 4, 5, 6.

As we have seen, the PPSA provides a wide ranging definition of a Security Interest and relies on Section 8 of the Act to exempt certain transactions. These exempt transactions will be identified and we will investigate, in particular, the exceptions relating to Liens and Pledges, and how they provide security.

1, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Approved on: Nov 8, 2018. Edition: 2.6