This article is about the Annual General Meeting in Victorian Owners Corporation.
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- QUESTION: I would like to know if it is legal in Victoria for our strata committee to conduct our annual general meeting via zoom? I believe this is not permitted.
- QUESTION: When the minutes for our AGM were recently sent out, a number of items were minuted incorrectly. How do we correct the errors? Do we have to wait until next year’s AGM?
- QUESTION: ARTICLE: Annual General Meetings and the Victorian Strata Legislation
Question: I would like to know if it is legal in Victoria for our strata committee to conduct our annual general meeting via zoom? I believe this is not permitted.
Answer: The Act allows a person, who participates in a meeting, to attend by teleconferencing or another prescribed manner
Section 92(6) of the Owners Corporations Act allows a person, who participates in a meeting, to attend by teleconferencing or another prescribed manner, and is taken for the person to be present at a meeting. In that regard, general meetings held by zoom or any other method of video conference is permitted by this provision.
That said, it is prudent that if an owners corporation decides to hold meetings by video conference, they should provide clear and reasonable guidelines in respect of attendance registration and method of counting votes so that there is no vagueness in the resolutions passed at that meeting.
This post appears in Strata News #488.
Question: When the minutes for our AGM were recently sent out, a number of items were minuted incorrectly. How do we correct the errors? Do we have to wait until next year’s AGM?
Answer: Sometimes, the minutes may not get everything right in terms of what was discussed and agreed.
At times the minutes are written by a chairperson or a delegate of the Owners Corporation and at times the Owners Corporation Manager will write the minutes. Sometimes, the minutes may not get everything right in terms of what was discussed and agreed.
If it’s immaterial to the operation of the Owners Corporation, my suggestion would be to wait until the next AGM to raise the issue and ask that the minutes are rectified.
If a person believes that what has been written or recorded in the minutes may have a material impact on the operation of the Owners Corporation, my suggestion would be that they inform the secretary of the Owners Corporation and that may be the manager in regards to what they believe is incorrect, and ask the manager to consider. It may be that the manager or committee member are unsure as to what was actually agreed and therefore they may defer back to the owners representatives who were in attendance at the general meeting. Then they also go back to the committee and get some feedback from them as to whether they believe what is been contested is accurate or not.
This post appears in Strata News #481.
ARTICLE: Annual General Meetings and the Victorian Strata Legislation
Owners Corporation Act 2006 – Sect 69
- An owners corporation must have an annual general meeting if it receives or pays out money in any financial year.
- The time between the annual general meetings must not exceed 15 months.
That means that an owners corporation, where it receives and / or spends money, must make decisions by holding annual general meetings.
The Agenda for the Annual General Meeting
Owners Corporation Act 2006 – Sect 71
- The person convening an annual general meeting must prepare an Agenda setting out the matters to be dealt with at the annual general meeting.
- The matters to be dealt with at the annual general meeting must include:
- the election of a committee, if the owners corporation is to have a committee;
- the appointment of a manager, if applicable;
- the provision of details of the insurance held by the owners corporation;
- the provision of details of fees fixed by the owners corporation during the year;
- the consideration of the financial statements of the owners corporation;
- the consideration of the proposed annual budget of the owners corporation;
- the making of any delegations;
- the consideration of any report under various section that is listed in Section 71 of the owners corporations act;
- the tabling and consideration of the minutes of the previous annual general meeting.
In other words, the annual general meeting is quite prescribed and it’s important for all stakeholders to make sure that attendance is made by those who can vote at an annual general meeting. Otherwise, there will be difficulty in operating for the upcoming or the next financial year.
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This post appears in Strata News #433.
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