Strata Reform Details

The new Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 and Strata Schemes Management Regulation 2016 commenced on 30 November 2016 and has seen more than 90 changes to the strata laws.

The new Regulation, along with the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 and the Strata Schemes Development Act 2015, modernises the legislation, reduces red tape, avoid disputes and supports the sector.  

The building defect bond scheme reforms (Part 11 of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 and Part 8 of the Strata Schemes Management Regulation 2016), will start on 1 July 2017. This will ensure that builders, developers and the strata community have time to prepare for the changes and comply with requirements.

The reforms have taken five years of public consultation, including over 3,000 submissions,

Fair Trading Commissioner, Rod Stowe, explained, “The last major reform to strata was back in 1973, and parts of the legislation are no longer relevant in this day and age.

“The number of submissions from the public and major stakeholders indicates a substantial level of engagement and interest in bringing strata legislation into the 21st century.” 

As an agent it is vital that you understand how the strata law changes affect the properties that you list, sell, lease and manage. As your professional association we have developed this topic page to give you a one-stop shop to find all the information, advice and documents you need to ensure that you can comply with the law and continue to provide a valued service to your clients. 

REINSW’s summary of changes

REINSW has produced a “simple of read” guide of some of the main changes. There may be further changes contained in the regulations which at this stage have not been made.

Legislation and Guidelines

There are four pieces of legislation. They are:

  1. The Strata Schemes Management Act 2015
  2. The Strata Schemes Development Act 2015 
  3. The Strata Schemes Development Regulation 2016
  4. The Strata Schemes Management Regulation 2016
In addition, the NSW Fair Trading website contains a range of information on the changes. To visit the website please
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Free Strata Management Proxy Appointment Form
REINSW has created a new Proxy Appointment Form (FL00010) to record who the owners of lots appoint as their proxy for purposes of meetings of the owners corporation. It also includes the term of their appointment and rights of the proxies.
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Agency Agreement
REINSW provides a comprehensive Exclusive Management Agency Agreement (Owners Corporation) which is available via REI Forms Live.

This Agreement has been updated to take account of all of the changes.

To find out more or to register for an REI Forms Live account
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News items
Catch up on all our articles and news items on the strata reforms changes.
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REINSW has been closely involved with the development of the legislation, lobbying for better outcomes for the industry. You can download and read the REINSW’s submissions here:

25 May 2016 - Submission on the Strata Schemes Management Regulation 2016 and Strata Schemes Development Regulation 2016

13 August 2015 - Review of Strata Schemes Management Bill 2015 and Strata Schemes Development Bill 2015 

11 April 2014 - Review of the Strata Schemes Management Bill 2014

31 January 2014 - Review of the Strata Schemes Management Bill 2014

21 November 2012 - Strata and Community Title Law Reform Discussion Paper 

Strata model by-laws survey
REINSW members can now access a FREE strata model by-laws survey to help find out lot owners’ preferences on a variety of by-law matters.
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Strata Living
NSW Fair Trading has produced a Strata Living Guide to help owners, tenants and landlords understand their roles, rights and responsibilities.

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