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NSW No Meetings + No Maintenance

NSW: Owners Corporation Run With No Meetings + No Maintenance

Karina Heinz,
Progressive Strata Services

Question: We are having difficulty getting services fixed in our older small unit block. We also have no strata meetings and the same 2 people have been on the committee for years.
WA Proxy Vote Harvesting

WA: Q&A Proxy Voting, Harvesting and the Validity of the Proxy Form

Andrew Chambers,
Chambers Franklyn Strata Management

Question: Can you please tell me if the new WA strata laws are going to limit the number of proxy votes that can be harvested by one person?
QLD Keeping body corp fees down

QLD: Keeping your body corp fees down: Here’s what you can do!

Rob Honeycombe,
Bees Nees City Realty

We know it’s easier to let others worry about the body corp fees. But doing that will cost you money. Savings are there for buildings with owners who get involved.
NAT strata faults

NAT: What role does strata play in addressing any faults in your apartment?

Steve Jovcevski, Mozo
When it comes to addressing faults, strata plays an important role and will be a key point of contact for all apartment owners. Here’s how to effectively make use of them if you’re staring down any problems.
Express Glass
Melbourne pop-up apartment

VIC: This Melbourne pop-up apartment is a Victorian first

The Real Estate Conversation
This initiative, jointly co-ordinated by our friends at Australian Apartment Advocacy (AAA) and Mirvac will provide three groups of people the opportunity to sample an apartment lifestyle – no strings attached - from November this year. 
Transformer rooms

'Transformer' rooms & robo-furniture are set to remake our homes & lives – before our eyes

Christian Tietz,  UNSW
With space at a premium, robotic furniture can transform a room in seconds. How will this affect our sense of belonging and feeling at home, when everything can change with a voice command?
Tower Body Corporate

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NSW: Is Smoking a Nuisance?

NSW: Is Smoking a Nuisance?

Colin Grace,
Grace Lawyers
URGENT Cladding, Capital Improved Value & Council Rate Valuations

URGENT Cladding, Capital Improved Value & Council Rate Valuations in Victoria

Neil Fitzpatrick,
VIC Committee Member

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Have Your Say...... 

NAT: Impact to households who are living in apartments with flammable cladding

Are you an owner in a building affected by combustible cladding? RMIT would like to invite you to participate in the ‘‘At what cost? Cladding concerns for owners" research project. They are interested in learning more about scale of the problems owners of property affected by combustible cladding face day to day across Australia, particularly those living in apartments.

QLD: Information Regarding Car Stackers

We have been approached by City of Gold Coast to help provide information about car stackers/car lifts in residential developments. Can you assist?
  • Are there specific set body corporate fees/rates for the maintenance of mechanical parking systems is multi-unit developments?
  • Do body corporate rates differ from the norm when cars stackers are part of these developments?
  • What problems or issues have arisen regarding the management of cars stackers in multi-unit developments?
If you can help, please email us your comment.

WA: Proposed 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 2019. For more information about providing feedback, visit this page

VIC: Better Apartments in Neighbourhoods **Last Chance**

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.

Breaking News

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WA New Strata Laws
WA Changes To Strata Laws - Simon Beaumont speaks with Landgate’s Strata Titles Analyst Glenda Kirkby
SCA WA Conference

Upcoming Events


Deakin University: Strata Concepts: Navigating Building Defects: from Cause to Effect Melbourne: 21 Oct, 9 am - 5 pm

New South Wales

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

Savills Australia & Bannermans Lawyers: Collective Sale Breakfast Forum Sydney: 17 Oct, 7:30 - 9:30 am

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

Upcoming Events


Smart Strata: Strata Law Reform – Legislation Changes for 2020 Explained
BCCM: Dispute Resolution Application Processes [Webinar] 2 Oct, 2 pm

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
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