This article about the recent Deakin University Strata Concepts Forum in Sydney has been supplied by Jane Giacobbe, Strata Reports NSW and Victoria.
Wow, wow, wow! The team from Deakin University exceeded all expectations when they rolled out their Strata Concepts Education Forum in Sydney earlier this month. It was a concept that came to life through the completed June 2019 research report “An Examination of Building Defects in Residential Multi-owned Properties”, that was led by researcher Dr Nicole Johnston.
The specialised industry expert presenters were led by Dr Nicole Johnston and included Michael Teys, Lynda Kypriadakis, Natalie Fitzgerald and Dr Tim Law. Each were truly high-quality leaders in their respective fields and incredibly inspirational to hear present.
This was not your standard training day but instead an education series that provided invaluable information from expert university-trained educators and specialist industry partners, and “wait there is more” …. the Deakin team also provided an exclusive take-home toolkit! This was an absolute first for the strata management industry!
The toolkit has proven to be quite exceptional and unique, as it focuses on the role of the strata manager and how they can assist their owners corporation clients in managing the defect rectification process.
It is a practical guide which is divided into 7 parts;
- Preserving rights
- Diagnosing defects
- Explaining obligations
- Gathering documents
- Selecting lawyers
- Financing repairs
- Overseeing rectification
It also includes templates for motions and letters to help with all communications!
We all know how daunting and stressful the building defects process can be for the strata manager as well as the owners corporations, but this toolkit will be the survival tool held close by each strata manager as they navigate their next defects process journey.
There was even the element of true fear as self-proclaimed “mould geek” Dr Tim Law spoke about all types of mould due to resultant water penetration, and the seriously frightening side effects it can have on your overall health! Thank goodness we have him on our team in Australia!
Mahli Piggins (Strata Plus) said “the quality expert speakers were engaging from beginning to end. The topics were relevant. The take home defects toolkit for strata managers is useful and nothing like I have seen before. I enjoyed the insightful presentation on managing a crisis which was a great reminder about always being prepared, look forward to attending a future Deakin event”.
Stacey McNally (Civium Strata Management) found that Dr Tim Law was one of the highlights from the forum, commenting “I’ve been to a lot of defect seminars, but none as engaging as the Deakin training forum. They supplied a tool kit that has simplified a generally daunting and complicated process into a straight forward practical application. The delivery of the information by industry experts and academics was witty, considered and humorous – making it a truly entertaining and informative day.”
Let me wrap this up by assuring you that this is just the beginning of these sensational Strata Concepts Education Forums from Deakin University and I for one am so grateful and excited about that!
Make sure that you and all of your strata professional colleagues do not miss out on the next one! I may have created a little too much hype there, as the date has not yet been set to my understanding – however, it really is an event not to be missed! Although the numbers were great this time, a little birdie has told me that they are expected to at least triple for the next forum!
A huge thank you to Dr Nicole Johnston and the team at Deakin University for taking the time to share such invaluable information and resources with all the strata management industry and for helping create more education and practical tools for all of us. A further thanks should also be extended to Strata Community Insurance for sponsoring this event and helping to make the day fabulous with an amazing venue!
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