Webinar on demand

How the new strata reforms affect proxies

Recorded 6 July 2017

In this free Member webinar, Carolynne Pitt and Leisha de Aboitiz give you an understanding of the practice of proxy voting in relation to the new Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 and Strata Schemes Management Regulation 2016 which commenced on 30 November 2016.

This webinar will cover the following questions in further detail:

  • What does the Act say about proxy voting? The reforms seek to curb proxy farming by limiting the number of proxies a member can hold. Under the new strata regulations, proxy voting will prevent any individual attempting to control owners' decisions by obtaining a majority of proxy votes. 
  • What do the new reforms really mean? The number of proxy votes able to be given to one person will be limited to: one proxy vote for schemes with less than 20 lots and 5% for schemes with more than 20 lots.
  • How do we work with it in practice? All owners of schemes who historically appointed a proxy who was a proxy farmer will need to reconsider their appointment of a proxy. The amendment should promote the engagement of more lot owners in the management of a Strata Scheme Building.

Meet the presenters


Amanda Farmer is the owner of Lawyers Chambers on Riley, a boutique strata specialist firm in Darlinghurst. Amanda sits on the Council of the Australian College of Community Association Lawyers.

With over 14 years' experience in the sector, Amanda's passion for educating strata owners led to her podcast: "Your Strata Property", launched in 2016 and currently receiving over 2600 downloads per month on iTunes. Due to popular demand, the podcast has since expanded to include an online membership community for owners and managers seeking reliable information and resources for community living. Combining her passion for education and empowerment with her passion for strata, Amanda is also the founder of "Women in Strata", a networking group for women working in strata management. In her limited free time, Amanda enjoys good food and wine, listening to inspiring podcasts, and keeps fit running after her 4-year old son. 

Carolynne Pitt has worked in the Real Estate Industry since 1994, specialising in Strata Management. She currently works for Gilbey Burgess Strata Management and is a member of the REINSW Strata Management Chapter Committee.

At the end of 2015 she had ovarian cancer, and there was a 10% chance of survival. While in hospital and receiving treatment, she completed the licensing course via correspondence, and became a licensed real estate agent in 2016.