Posts Categorized: Latest News

How Coronavirus affects Communal Living


The news about Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is everywhere, and it is easy to get concerned, especially when there is so much information to take in. When there is an onslaught of news and advice, a lot of what we hear can be conflicting – and what we are hearing changes every day. It’s hard to… Read more »

What does a strata manager do?


Strata managers are professionals who are responsible for the administration of owners corporations. Strata Managers are responsible for ensuring buildings and common areas within a strata titled or community titled scheme are properly maintained for the benefit of all lot owners. They follow specific instructions issued by the owners committee. Strata managers are specialists in… Read more »

SCA (NSW) Award Winners


We are proud to announce that we have won the Strata Community Australia (NSW) Industry Awards for best medium sized Strata Community Management business for 2019. The award application process involved demonstrating criteria around business innovations, unique points of difference, staff training and ethical behaviour. The judging panel was made up of independent academics and… Read more »

Home Building Amendment Act 2014


The Home Building Amendment Act 2014 The Home Building Amendment Act 2014, containing more than 50 amendments to the Home Building Act 1989, was passed by the NSW Parliament in May 2014. This followed an extensive consultation from July 2012, including a broad range of stakeholders. The amendments include: Clarifying the definition for major defects Requiring progress… Read more »

Review of strata and community scheme laws


Reform of strata and community scheme laws Community scheme reforms have been unveiled in a position paper, outlining 58 proposed law reforms.   What is this about? The NSW Government is reforming NSW strata and community schemes laws. NSW has around 75,000 strata schemes worth $350 billion in assets. The reforms will affect some 2 million industry professionals, strata owners, and residents… Read more »

Latest Gas & Electricity safety tips


Gas and electrical safety tips can save you from harm 21 September 2013 NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe is warning consumers to take care with gas and electrical appliances now Spring has sprung and when buying products to exercise their Australian Consumer Law (ACL) rights and responsibilities. Fair Trading received 3,144 enquiries and 2,227… Read more »

New project: ‘Renewing the Compact City’


SCA (NSW) will be partnering on a new research project with the University of NSW called ‘Renewing the Compact City: Economically feasible and socially sustainable approaches to urban redevelopment in a multi-stakeholders environment’. The two-year project, which has been awarded funding from the Australian Research Council, will investigate a key challenge facing stakeholders in areas… Read more »

Fencing requirements for pools and spa’s


Manly Council reminds us that under the Swimming Pools Act 1992 (NSW), ALL pools and spas must have child proof and boundary fencing, and be registered by 29th October 2013. Under the Swimming Pools Act 1992 (NSW), the owner of a swimming pool and/or spa has the responsibility to ensure that the pool and/or spa… Read more »

Installation of hot water systems


New installation requirements for all hot water systems: New installation requirements for temperature control devices

Increase in fee’s for false fire alarms


False fire alarm fees have increased as of 1st July 2013, from $750.00 to $1,250! Automatic Fire Alarms Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is committed to reducing the number of unwanted false alarms from Automatic Fire Alarm (AFA) systems. Unwanted alarms are when FRNSW has attended in response to an alarm where there is no… Read more »