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NSW Apartment fire regulations

NSW: Q&A Apartment fire regulations – Doggie Door in a Window

Vincent Graham, Project Guides
Question: We wish to install a doggie door in a small floor level window. Is there any mention of doggie doors in the Australian Fire Standards relating to apartment fire regulations?
QLD Oppressive or Unreasonable – QLD Strata Bylaws

QLD: Oppressive or Unreasonable – QLD Strata Bylaws

Todd Garsden, Hynes Legal
Question: Is it reasonable for a strata bylaw to state awnings can only be purchased by a single supplier? Surely we can only enforce that colour must be in line with the scheme?
Tower Body Corporate
WA Election of Council Members

WA: Q&A Procedure for Election of Council Members

Jordan Dinga, Abode Strata
Question: What is the correct procedure for being elected as a council member? Can you be elected without submitting any paperwork prior to the meeting?
NSW Who Maintains My Air Conditioning Unit?

NSW: Q&A Does Strata Maintain My Air Conditioning Unit?

Leanne Habib, Premium Strata
Question: Our air conditioner was installed incorrectly by the builder 5 years ago. Is the repair of the resulting leak part of the strata maintenance responsibilities?
Westside Fire Services
Building Health Check

NSW: Should your owners corporation do a health check?

Andrew Terrell, Bright & Duggan
I recommend every owners corporation takes time periodically to reflect on the way it’s managing its affairs. I have noted a few different areas of focus for a ‘health check’. Some are relevant to all schemes, others are overkill for smaller schemes.
Sinking fund forecast include lift replacement

Should your sinking fund forecast include an allowance for lift replacement?

Blake Rooney, Leary & Partners
We're asked, "Why is there a lift allowance in our sinking fund forecast?" or “Can you delete the lift allowance?". We understand. It's usually one of the most expensive items in a forecast.
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WA: Q&A Strata Council Member Problems – Nobody wants to help

Shelley Fitzgerald,
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WA: Strata Reform Update - Proposed Regulations Now Available

Now available – Consultation draft of the Strata Titles (General) Regulations 2019
Landgate is seeking feedback on the proposed regulations, prior to finalising for delivery to Parliament. The proposed regulations are now available here for you to view and comment on until 30 September 2019.

SA: Shared Solar Rebates - apartments and multi-storey commercial buildings

The Sustainability Incentives Scheme will provide a range of rebates supporting community investment in sustainable technologies.  Up to $20,000 per site (with a maximum of $500 per premise, not exceeding 20% of installation costs) – for sharing solar electricity in multi-storey premises (> 20 kW). Applications are now open.

** NSW: Short-term-rental Accommodation Reforms ***

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and the Department of Customer Service are seeking feedback on the draft instruments and Regulations that will introduce the state-wide planning framework and mandatory Code of Conduct for short-term-rental accommodation (STRA). The proposed changes are outlined in a Discussion Paper, which also seeks feedback about introducing a new industry-led STRA property register.  Public feedback is invited up to 11 September 2019. **LAST CHANCE!***

VIC: Better Apartments in Neighbourhoods 

You are invited to provide feedback on the proposed external amenity standards for apartment developments. Submissions welcome until 27 Sept 2019.

QLD: BCCM Regulations - Consultation on Draft Legislation 

The community and stakeholders are invited to have their say on consultation drafts of new regulations to support the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997. Draft regulations, and information about the reforms included in the new regulations and how you can have your say can be found at the Department of Justice and Attorney-General community consultation website page.
Consultation for all draft regulations closes 18 October 2019.

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New South Wales

City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 Strata Levies: A planning essential for strata Sydney: 17 Sep, 6 - 8 pm

ACRA & SCA (NSW): Breakfast Q&A Strata Focus Panel Discussion Lavender Bay: 18 Sep, 7:30 - 9 am

Strata Community Insurance 2019 Spring Forum: Building Defects “A Common Phenomena” Sydney: 18 Sep, 1:30 - 4:30 pm

Electric Vehicle Charging in Apartment Buildings Online: 19 Sep, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 The Handover: From developer to owners Sydney: 24 Sep, 6 - 8 pm

SCA (NSW): Strata Committee Training Chatswood: 25 & 26 Sep, 9 am - 1:30 pm

City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 Strata Committees: Roles and responsibilities Sydney: 1 Oct, 6 - 8 pm

NSW Fair Trading: Role of the Committee - Webinar 3 Oct, 2 - 3 pm

City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 Strata Meetings: Why good governance matters Sydney: 29 Oct, 6 - 8 pm

City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 Strata Paws: Living with pets in apartments Sydney: 12 Nov, 6 - 8 pm

Australian Capital Territory

Actsmart: Business Sustainability Expo Woden: 12 Sep, 10 am - 5 pm

Upcoming Events


The BCCM office: Body corporate seminars Smart Strata: Strata Law Reform – Legislation Changes for 2020 Explained Strata In Skirts: Spring Soiree Charity Lunch Kangaroo Point: 18 Oct, 12:30 - 3:30 pm

Western Australia

SCA WA: Working through Change Bentley: 26 Sep, 8 - 9:30 am

SCA WA: PD Strata Plans & issues they raise Bentley: 17 Oct, 2 - 5 pm

SCA WA: 2019 Convention & Awards Gala Burswood: 7 Nov, 5 pm - 8 Nov, 11 pm

Landgate Reform Community Information Sessions

Making Strata Better: Strata Overview
Strata in Focus: 17 Sep Government & Industry Q&A: 13 Sep
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