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QLD: Q&A Refusing Members from Holding Positions on the Committee

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal 
Question: Some members do not respond to requests or emails. Can we refuse members from holding committee positions in future based on lack of activity?

NSW: Q&A Capital Works Fund - What Do We Need To Do Now?

Leanne Habib,
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Question: Is there a formula for setting strata levies to cover scheduled capital works and avoid a shortfall? We have identified a situation where projected levies will result in a shortfall.
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WA: Is the Fire Detection System in Your Building Monitored?

Greg McCulloch, Westside Fire Services
All Fire Sprinkler systems must be connected to a fire station dispatch centre, however, not all Fire Detection systems automatically signal the Fire Brigade to come to the premises.
Owners Corporation Insurance Requirements

Owners Corporation Insurance Requirements Victoria

Tyrone Shandiman,
Strata Insurance Solutions

Question: A tenant's actions resulted in sprinklers being activated and ruining three apartments. The Committee claimed on strata insurance. Is this the correct course of action?
WA update Feb 2020

WA: Strata reform update February 2020

Strata Titles Act Reform Team

The amended Strata Titles Act 1985 is proposed to commence on 1 May 2020. This date is subject to the Strata Titles (General) Regulations 2019 progressing through the parliamentary process and may change as a result.

NSW: NCAT, Lot Owners and Compensations

Adrian Mueller,
JS Mueller & Co Lawyers
NCAT has recently handed down a decision in which it concluded that NCAT does not have power to award a lot owner compensation as a result of a failure by an owners corporation to repair defects in the common property.
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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 here. Submissions close 3 Apr.

NT: Better design ahead for apartments and mixed-use developments

NT Planning Commission is seeking ideas from the community for how to achieve quality residential apartment and mixed-use developments.  The Designing Better Project Snapshot and the technical Discussion Paper are at haveyoursay.nt.gov.au, along with details of the public information sessions in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs. Submissions close 6 Mar.

Upcoming Events

New South Wales

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

ACRA International Women’s Day Breakfast: Balance for Better in the Construction Industry 
Lavender Bay: 4 Mar, 7:30 - 9:30 am

OCN Seminar on Fire Safety in Apartment Buildings - Impacts Post 6 April Reforms 
Lavender Bay: 14 Mar, 9:30 am - 1 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

Western Australia

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

LookUpStrata WA Strata Reforms Information Session: Stand By For More Details
Perth: 1 Apr, 10 am - 12 pm


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

South Australia

FMA: Routine Service and Accreditation - Minimising Risk for Building Managers and Owners Through Licensing and Accreditation 
Adelaide: 27 Feb, 2:30 - 6:30 pm

Northern Territory

Northern Territory Gov: Designing Better
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