Why you might search the PPSR

Information to help you make better decisions

There are many reasons you may want to search the Personal Property Securities Register.

Perhaps you’d like to know more about a potential customer before offering them credit, or a loan?

Or maybe you’re buying a used vehicle, or other valuable pre-owned property, and you want to make sure there’s no money owing on it.

If you're liquidating a business, you may be looking for existing security interests, because they could affect other creditors.

The Personal Property Securities Act 1999 (Section 173) sets out conditions for searching the register. When you make a search, you’ll be asked to declare that you’re doing so legitimately.

Before you begin, you’ll need to set up your PPSR online services account. This takes only a few minutes.

Your search options

Within the PPSR, you can search a number of different categories. You’ll be required to provide specific information about the collateral (property), debtor, or registered financing statement, depending on the type of search you’re making. To find out more, select the type of search you wish to make from the list below:

How to search the PPSR

To conduct a search of the register:

  1. Log in to the PPSR.
  2. From the dashboard, choose the type of search you wish to make.
  3. Confirm that you are conducting the search for a legitimate reason.
  4. Enter your search criteria.
  5. Pay the search fee - $2 (plus GST).
  6. View, email, print or download the search results.

You can view your search results on the dashboard’s ‘My Recent Searches’ for a further 14 days.

Search the PPSR

All help topics

Getting started on the PPSR 8 guides

To register or search on the PPSR, you or your organisation must have an online services account. Find out more about the register, how to log in, set up your account, and create a secured party group.

Managing your online services account 6 guides

Your PPSR online services account allows you to update and manage your personal and organisation information, including contact and payment details, and passwords.

Searching the PPSR 9 guides

Information for debtors and consumers 5 guides

If you’re buying valuable used goods, or have bought something on hire purchase, leased property, or taken out a loan, you should know how the PPSR works, and how it can help you.

Paying PPSR fees 2 guides

Find out the fees for the online services you use on the PPSR, and your payment options.