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Frequently Asked Questions – Keys, fobs, swipe cards, security access and issues

The Information and Community Education Unit gets many queries about keys, fobs, swipe cards and security access to body corporate buildings or scheme land. The legislation does not deal specifically with keys, fobs or swipe cards. It is important to note there is no explicit entitlement or ‘right’ under the Body Corporate and Community Management…

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Electronic Meetings and Voting in the Age of COVID

Strata communities across Australia are adopting technology to help them meet their needs to run the meeting in the modern world that has also been accelerated by COVID-19 physical distancing requirements. The use of electronic voting technology is also in anticipation of long awaiting legislative changes to modernise strata laws in QLD and when compared…

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Strata Community Education Seminars

Strata Meetings and Online Voting in the age of COVID-19   Join us either in person or online for a live demonstration of the latest electronic voting technology presented by StrataVote. The agenda for the online meeting demonstration is designed to be interactive as we delve into real world motions ranging from strata regulations that…

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Negative CPI and the implications for Caretaking Agreements

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and an already stagnating economy, it looks like unfortunately, we will continue to face gloomy projections for economic growth in Australia. Low-interest rates set by the Reserve Bank of Australia are set to continue for the foreseeable future. As households tighten their budgets and curb spending, it is likely that…

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Safety Compliance Audits – Friend or Foe?

To begin with, it is important to realise there are many types of audits.  Some of the more commonly known types include: Financial (e.g. Accounting, tax) Quality (e.g. Brand, products, services) Compliance (e.g. WHS, fire safety, environmental) Regardless of the type of audit, an audit is essentially about checking you are doing what you said…

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Management Rights Assignments For Bodies Corporate

Despite the body corporate being a party to the management rights agreements (Agreements), they are usually only involved towards the end of the assignment process. If the process is not managed carefully, the rights and obligations of the body corporate can be affected. In this article we discuss the stages of the assignment process, why…

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COVID-19 – Restrictions Return For Private and Public Gatherings

As of Saturday 22 August 2020, some COVID-19 related gathering restrictions in Queensland have been reinstated as a result of recent developments. These restrictions only apply to gatherings in private residences and public spaces, which includes bodies corporate, not businesses or parts of communal spaces that may operate under COVID-Safe plans. Gatherings are now limited…

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Pet Approvals – Is it Better to Seek Forgiveness than Ask Permission?

It’s an increasingly common, but increasingly disappointing, phenomenon – owners bringing their pets into a Community Titles Scheme before obtaining a Pet Approval. The “conventional wisdom” seems to be that because a Body Corporate can’t refuse a Pet Approval these days (after all by-laws banning pets are void aren’t they?) why not simply bring your pet…

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Combustible Cladding – Stage 3b & beyond…

Is your building one of the thousands of bodies corporate that contains some form of combustible cladding in Australia?  Are you registered on the Queensland Safer Buildings Cladding Register and heading toward the Stage 3b deadline?  Are you wondering what to do next? The Building and Other Legislation [Cladding] Amendment Regulation 2018 [Queensland] was introduced…

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Project Management Explained

Planning, organising, and managing a building maintenance project can be stressful and take up valuable time and resources. From organising reliable, qualified, and competent trades to developing a site risk management plan to ensure safe project completion all takes time, effort and skill.  Other necessary considerations include knowledge of required building and compliance standards and meeting…

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