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QLD Refuse Levy Increases

QLD: Q&A Levy Increases – As Lot Owners, Can We Refuse?

Todd Garsden,
Hynes Legal

Question: Can strata lot owners refuse a levy increase proposed by new body corporate managers if we do not feel the increase is warranted?
Apartment Fan Noise

NAT: Apartment Block Residents Stressed by Fan Noise [Case Study]

Tracey Wyber, Trackie Industries
Inspecting a multi storey apartment block with air flow issues we found ventilation fans on the roof creating a huge noise! See how we solved the problem.
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Lift emergency phone lines

NAT: Q&A Better organise your lift emergency phone lines now!

Rex Henning,
Equity Elevator Management

Question: We are advised that due to NBN the lift emergency phone lines will have to be switched over and the quotes to do this have been huge. We feel lift companies are taking advantage of the situation.
NSW Access for our fire safety inspections

NSW: Q&A Can I be fined for not providing access for our fire safety inspections?

Andrew Terrell,
Bright & Duggan

Question: We are having our annual strata fire safety inspection on a date when I won’t be available. Can I be charged a fee if I can’t be there to provide access?
Property Audit & Assurance
SA How to Conduct a Meeting

SA: Q&A Strata Manager Rules on How to Conduct a Meeting

Flavia Ger,
Ace Body Corporate Management

Question: Is there anything official in SA, a law or rules, that directs a strata manager on how to conduct meetings or business?
NSW Security Cameras

NSW: ‘Nothing To See Here’ Owners Corporations, Lot Owners And Security Cameras

Warwick van Ede,
JS Mueller & Co Lawyers

Two recent NCAT decisions confirm that lot owners generally do not have the right to install security cameras on common property without first obtaining the consent of the owners corporation.

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NSW Resident Parking Problems

NSW: Best Way to Solve Resident Parking Problems in Your Apartment Building

Philip Colless, Pyrmont BM
QLD Insurance Valuation

QLD: Q&A Insurance Valuation – which strata account?

Todd Garsden, Hynes Legal and Kaylene Arkcoll, Leary & Partners

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QLD: Combustible Cladding Checklist Part 2

Identified building owners have until the 31 July to ensure that they have completed part 2 of the three-part Safer Buildings Combustible Cladding Checklist. For more information on obtaining quotes for the audit, see this recent ⚠️alert: QBCC warns owners to obtain competitive quotes for Safer Buildings Audit and more about the Safer Buildings Audit, including deadline extensions and important dates here.

NSW: Enter the SCA NSW Strata Community and Engagement Award **Last Chance**

City of Sydney is a proud sponsor of SCA NSW Strata Community & Engagement Award which recognises strata schemes that are working to reduce their impact on the environment. Entries close on 31 May. Calling for nominations from all of NSW. 

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Upcoming Events


2019 SCA Conference Auckland, NZ: 11 - 13 June

New South Wales

Women In Strata: Charity Karaoke Night Syd: 30 May, 6 – 10 pm

OCN Quarterly Briefing: Creating Effective Partnerships Between Committees, Building and Strata Managers Woolloomooloo: 1 Jun, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 Strata Paws: Living with pets Syd: 4 Jun, 6 – 8 pm

City of Sydney: Recycle your unwanted electronic goods Alexandria: 8 Jun, 9 am – 3 pm

City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 Strata Levies: A planning essential Syd: 18 Jun, 6 – 8 pm

Central Coast Council: Strata Living for Older People - Free information session Tuggerah: 19 Jun, 10 am – 12 pm

SCA NSW: Strata Owners Day Syd: 22 Jun, 9 am – 4 pm

FMA: Resi Strata Info Network Session - Fire Syd: 3 Jul

NSW Fair Trading: Role of the Committee - Webinar 4 Jul, 1 - 2 pm

NSW Fair Trading: Role of the Committee - Webinar 18 Jul, 10:30 - 11:30 am

Upcoming Events


Smart Strata: Community Education Seminar - Insurance Readiness Program & Strata Mythbusters!  Strata in Skirts: EOFY Celebrations South Brisbane: 5 July, 5 - 8 pm


Nightingale 1 public tour Brunswick: 30 May, 10 - 11 am

FMA: Resi Strata Info Network Session - Fire Melbourne: 4 Jul

Western Australia

SCA WA: EOFY Social Sundowner Subiaco: 28 Jun, 5 - 7 pm

SCA WA: Lot Owners - Tips for Maintaining your Complex Bentley: 25 Jun, 2 - 5 pm

SCA WA: Professional Development - Ongoing Challenges Bentley: 4 Jul, 2 - 5 pm
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