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Latest Articles From the LookUpStrata Blog

Installing a Safe in My Apartment

NSW: Q&A Approval for Installing a Safe in My Apartment (Discretely?)

Rod Smith,
The Strata Collective
Question:  Is permission required to install a home safe in an apartment? If so, does the matter need to be minuted as I'd like to keep the specifics, like location, private?
Body Corporate Decision Making

QLD: Q&A Body Corporate Decision Making! Can a Motion be Overturned?

Peter Hunt,
Mathews Hunt Legal
Question: A body corporate decision to install separate water meters was made. A body corporate member has now changed their mind. Can the motion be overturned? 
Westside Fire Services
Testing of Fire Equipment

SA: New License for the Testing of Fire Equipment

Alan Short,
Fire & Emergency Services SA Pty Ltd

The Department of Consumer and Business Services has introduced a new license for the inspection and testing of water based fire systems. Find out what this means for your building.
QLD Written Votes for Open Motions

QLD: Written Votes for Open Motions. Send to the Secretary, not the BCM!

Bradley van Xanten, UOAQ President
A very recent recent adjudication (as yet unpublished) voided two written votes cast in favour of a motion at an AGM.  They failed because they were sent to the BCM rather than directly to the Secretary.
Real Estate Industry Reforms

NSW: Real Estate Industry Reforms | Implications For Strata Sector

Bannermans Lawyers
The NSW Government is currently implementing a sweeping reform of laws regulating the real estate industry, with an expected start date of 23 March 2020 for most of the reforms. What are the implications for the strata sector?
Strata and Facilities Management

NAT: The Convergence of Strata and Facilities Management is Coming

Andrew Terrell,
Bright & Duggan
The strata manager of the future is a relationship manager and master administrator supported by a well-resourced, technologically abled and specialised head office.
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Have Your Say...... 

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, along with details of the public information sessions in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs. Submissions close 6 Mar.

Upcoming Events

New South Wales

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

Your Strata Property: How to combat bad behaviour in your apartment building using by-laws 
Baulkham Hills: 4 Mar, 6:30 - 8 pm

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

City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 Strata Committees: Roles and responsibilities 
Sydney: 17 Mar, 6 - 8 pm

Renovation Rules: Repairs and renovation basics for strata living
Sydney: 24 Mar, 6 - 8 pm

Strata Community Insurance: 2020 Autumn Forum. 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

City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 Strata By-Laws: Rights and responsibilities for strata living
Sydney: 5 May, 6 - 8 pm

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

City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 Strata Meetings: Why good governance matters
Sydney: 26 May, 6 - 8 pm

City of Sydney: Strata Skills 101 Strata Levies: A planning essential for strata
Sydney: 9 June, 6 - 8 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

Upcoming Events

Western Australia

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


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

Strata in Skirts: Speed Networking
South Brisbane: 15 Mar, 5 - 8 pm

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