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Ordinal search

Before you begin

You will need:

  • A credit/debit card*see Note 1
  • Both registration numbers*see Note 2
  • Start time, end time or change number of registration
  • Your email address*see Note 3

Note 1: Any credit card or a Visa/MasterCard debit card.
Note 2: These are unique 15-digit numbers generated when a security interest is registered.
Note 3. If you do not have an email address, the information will still be available online.

Do an ordinal search now 

Fees
Online self service - $3.40
Assisted phone service - $3.40

Instructions

When a PPSR registration has been amended or discharged, this creates a registration event. An ordinal search allows you to compare two registration events.

The instructions in the section below are given as animated images which will play once the image is clicked, and, as text below the images. You may stop the animation at any time by clicking the image again.

Start your search

begin your search

  1. From any page of the Register, click on the PPSR search dropdown and choose Ordinal search.
  2. Enter the first registration number
  3. Enter the second registration number
  4. Click Next to continue
    • If you selected change number, you will go to the change number step.
    • If you selected start or end times, you will skip the change number step, and go to Payment.
  5. You will now need to make your payment

Payment

pay for your search

  1. Enter your credit card details. The fee for the search is displayed on the screen.
  2. If you would like your receipt emailed to you, enter your email address. Entering your email address here only emails your receipt. It does not email your search certificate.
  3. Click Pay now. The next page will allow you to email your search certificate.

Search result summary

see your search results

  1. The result of your search is displayed, along with a unique search number and a downloadable Tax invoice/Receipt, which will be emailed to you only if you supplied an email address.
  2. Click on the Email certificate button to have the certificate sent by email.
  3. Enter your email address and confirm it in the next field.
  4. Click on the Email button to receive your search certificate.
  5. The information box shows that the search certificate has been sent to the email address given.

Why would I need to search the PPSR?

To find out if one registration became current before another

Enter the first PPSR registration number in registration event 1 and select start time. Enter the second PPSR registration number in registration event 2 and select start time.

To find out if one registration became effective before another registration became ineffective (expired)

Enter the first PPSR registration number in registration event 1 and select start time. Enter the second PPSR registration number in registration event 2 and select end time.

To find out if a change to a particular registration (including its initial registration) occurred before or after the expiry of another registration

Enter the first PPSR registration number in registration event 1 and select change number. Enter the change number.  If you don’t enter a change number for the first registration, the default will be the start time of the registration.

Enter the second PPSR registration number in registration event 2 and select end time.

To find out if one registration change occurred before another registration change

Enter the first PPSR registration number in registration event 1 and select change number. Enter the second PPSR registration number in registration event 2 and select change number.

If you don’t enter change numbers, the default will be the start time of each registration.

Note that you cannot compare the end time of two registrations.

What does this search cover?

Depending on your search criteria the results of your ordinal search will confirm:

  • if one registration became current before the other
  • if one registration became effective before the other registration became ineffective (expired)
  • if a change to a particular registration (including its initial registration) occurred before or after the expiry of another registration
  • if one registration change occurred before another registration change