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QLD Contingencies Sinking Fund Forecast

QLD: Q&A Contingencies and the Sinking Fund Forecast

Frank Higginson,
Hynes Legal

Question: If contingencies are not allowed to be included in the sinking fund forecast, how do we budget for unforeseen expenses during the year?
NSW Skylight Roof Leak

NSW: Q&A What if My Skylight’s Blamed for Causing a Roof Leak

Jamie Welbourne,
SMS Strata Management

Question: If I install a skylight in my apartment ceiling, how can I be sure I won’t automatically be blamed for any future roof leaks?
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WA Dealing With Construction Defects

WA: Assisting a New Strata Company Dealing With Construction Defects

David Clark, Houspect WA
Once strata companies and Lot owners take possession of a newly constructed strata complex, the challenges for the strata company manager can be significant.
NSW Easily understandable bylaws

NSW: Are you speaking legalese? – The need for easily understandable by-laws

Allison Benson,
Kerin Benson Lawyers

By-laws should use language which is immediately and easily understandable, avoiding the use of legal jargon or overly complicated phrases known as legalese.
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NSW Combustible Cladding

NSW Guide for the Assessment of Buildings with Combustible Cladding: Matters for consideration

NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
The guide sets out matters for consideration that could be included in an assessment of a building with external combustible cladding.
WA Regs Available

WA: Proposed regulations

Landgate - Regulations Now Available for Comment!
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 2019For more information about providing feedback, visit this page
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NSW Apartment fire regulations

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

Vincent Graham, Project Guides
QLD Oppressive or Unreasonable – QLD Strata Bylaws

QLD: Oppressive or Unreasonable – QLD Strata Bylaws

Todd Garsden, Hynes Legal

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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.

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.

QLD: Combustible Cladding Checklist Part 3

Identified building owners have until the 31 October to ensure that they have completed the first step in Part 3 of the three-part Safer Buildings Combustible Cladding Checklist. This involves engaging a fire engineer and registering their details on the combustible cladding checklist. You can find out more about the Safer Buildings Audit, including deadline extensions and important dates here.

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Upcoming Events

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

OCN Quarterly Briefing: Managing Defects and Major Maintenance Projects Pyrmont: 21 Sep, 10 am - 12 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

Strata in Focus: 17 Sep
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