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WA Subscribers: Strata Law Reform Education Sessions 2020
Featuring: Landgate, SCAWA + other
WA Strata Professionals

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Latest Articles From the LookUpStrata Blog

QLD Chris Irons

QLD: The (former) Commissioner joins Hynes Legal

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Chris Irons is starting with Hynes Legal on Monday. Hynes is going to be offering more to the strata community.  Start with - imagining having your strata issue mediated by the former Commissioner?
NSW Notice to Comply

NSW: Q&A Notice to Comply and Fines For Breaching Strata ByLaws

Karina Heinz,
Progressive Strata Services
Question: Our owners corporation chairman allows his dog to foul the garden which is common property. What action can be taken for this bylaw breach? Can he be fined?
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QLD Body corporate voting rules

QLD: Q&A Body corporate voting rules - What you can and can't do

Frank Higginson,
Hynes Legal

Question: Where it can be established that the voting form was completed by the letting manager but signed by the lot owner, what are the body corporate voting rules and are these votes valid?
Evacuation Plans

ACT: Q&A Evacuation Plans During a State of Emergency - Bushfires

Christopher Kerin,
Kerin Benson Lawyers

Question: The ACT is currently declared as a "State of Emergency" due to the bushfire threats and weather conditions. What are the Strata responsibilities in relation to providing emergency evacuation plans/procedures?
Property Audit & Assurance

NSW: Your Bushfire Checklist for Strata Properties

A bushfire checklist has been created for strata properties to be used in case of spot fires, ember attack or, in severe cases, where a fire front caused by nearby blazes is approaching.
WA Proxy Voting

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

Andrew Chambers,
Chambers Franklyn Strata Management

Question: At a Strata title AGM in WA, can the Council use proxy votes to vote each other and themselves onto the council?

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Latest News...... 

New South Wales Victoria Western Australia New Zealand

Update on regulatory changes
from Bugden Allen Lawyers

Below is a quick update on the regulatory changes planned for NSW, VIC, WA and QLD:
  • Short-term rental accommodation (STRA) changes in NSW - no change.
  • WA's new strata regulations - update: the regulations are now going through the Parliamentary process. A date range of January to June 2020 has been provided as per the Strata WA website.
  • QLD body corporate law changes - update: public consultation on the proposed changes closed on 1 December 2019. The timing for the release of the new laws and regulations is not known, but most likely in the first half of 2020.
  • Strata reforms in Victoria - no change.
This update was included in Bugden Allen's January edition of Strata Regulatory Watch. Latest editions can be viewed here.

Have Your Say...... 

WA: Strata schemes law reform education sessions in 2020. What do you want and where?

We are looking at running a series of FREE seminars around Perth in April 2020 about the coming reforms. We will be joined by Landgate, SCAWA and a Group of hand picked Strata Professionals to provide you with the most current update on the changes. We would like your suggestions. Register your interest, indicate which session, tell us what you want to know. We've created a 2 min survey. Tell us what you want by clicking here.

WA: Proposed reforms to the approval process for commercial buildings

Building and Energy is inviting WA to share their views on ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the commercial building approval process, including the process for approving apartment buildingsTo find out more click hereSubmissions close 3 Apr.

Upcoming Events

New South Wales

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

Safe Buildings and Defects Management Summit Sydney: 25-26 Feb

SCA (NSW): Masterclass - Fire Safety Regulation Changes Impacting the Sector – Theories and Practical Sydney: 26 Feb, 8 - 10 am

SCA (NSW): Strata Owners Committee Training Chatswood: 27 Feb, 9 am - 1:30 pm

Strata Community Insurance: 2020 Autumn Forum. The Essentials of Strata Insurance – Practical Solutions to Managing Risk Sydney: 25 Mar, 8:30 - 10:30 am

SCA (NSW): Strata Owners Committee Training Chatswood: 16 Apr, 9 am - 1:30 pm

SCA (NSW): Strata Owners Committee Training Chatswood: 20 Aug, 9 am - 1:30 pm

SCA (NSW): Strata Owners Committee Training Chatswood: 26 Nov, 9 am - 1:30 pm


Mecca Events: The Building Defects Crisis – Not just a Sydney problem? Docklands: 28 Feb, 7:30 - 9:30 am

Upcoming Events


Safe Buildings and Defects Management Summit Brisbane: 27-28 Feb

SCA (Qld) Lot Owners Day Brisbane: 11 Mar, 1 - 5:30 pm

SCA (Qld) 2020 Conference: A Brain, A Heart & Courage Brisbane: 12 - 13 Mar

Western Australia

SCA WA: Professional Development - 2020 Strata Outlook Luncheon Perth: 7 Feb, 12 - 4:30 pm

SCA WA: Professional Development - South West Region Strata Seminar Bunbury: 11 Feb, 1 - 4:30 pm

Australian Apartment Advocacy: Apartment defects WA briefing - presentation of research findings Perth: 19 Feb, 7 - 9 am

SCA WA: Professional Development - It's time to hit refresh on by laws Bentley: 20 Feb, 2 - 5 pm

WA Apartment Advocacy: The role of Council of Owners Perth: 11 Mar, 5:30 - 7 pm

SCA WA: Owner Workshop - Committee Training Subiaco: 19 Mar, 1 - 5 pm
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