Strata Act Review

Massive strata reforms came into force on 30 November 2016 and as part of these changes to strata legislation a Statutory Review was scheduled for late 2020.

Almost from the moment the new framework began, the REINSW Strata Management Chapter Committee commenced analysing the changes. The Committee kept a watchful eye on the impact of the reforms on day-to-day practice, continually assessing what was working and what wasn’t. 

This careful analysis, years of work and the Committee’s extensive experience in the field of strata management, has allowed REINSW and the Committee to lobby for important changes to the strata sector. 

REINSW and the Committee proactively lodged a Preliminary Submission with Government on 8 October 2020 with an aim to influence topics in the Government’s subsequent Discussion Paper issued to the public for consultation. Since then, REINSW has gone on to lodge further submissions which raise important issues and suggest recommendations to improve the strata legislation, throughout the Statutory Review process.

Post the release of the Strata Legislation Amendment Bill 2023, which implements the first suite of changes to be made as part of the Statutory Review process, REINSW and the Strata Management Chapter Committee continue their quest for effective change to the strata legislation.

REINSW’s Preliminary Submission

The Preliminary Submission highlighted the areas of the legislation that are problematic in practice and require change. The aim was to influence the topics in the Government’s Discussion Paper. This Paper commenced the public consultation phase of the Statutory Review.

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REINSW Strata Laws Discussion Paper Submission

REINSW’s Submission in response to the Statutory Review of the NSW Strata Laws Discussion Paper responded to questions raised in the Government’s Discussion Paper and provided recommendations and suggestions about what areas of the strata legislation were working in practice, and how the legislation could be improved.

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Subsequent Lobbying

REINSW and the Committee have continued to lobby on the strata sector’s behalf throughout the Statutory Review process and REINSW was asked to participate in confidential targeted stakeholder consultations to help shape the legislation as best we could.

REINSW and the Committee’s Influence

Read about how REINSW and the Committee have influenced the Statutory Review. REINSW has put together documents outlining some of its lobbying “wins” in this Statutory Review.

Strata Reforms: The Issues

REINSW and the Committee, having reviewed the legislation, have identified the issues in practice and have highlighted them with Government in the hope they will be rectified.


Keep up-to-date with the latest developments and progression of REINSW’s Strata Act Review.

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Strata Act Review & Management Reforms News

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Strata Management Chapter News - 2023 Wrap Up

Calling all Strata Managers! Check out our wrap up summary featuring our latest articles, the work done by the REINSW’s Strata Management Chapter Committee and other interest items here.

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Tenant Participation

“Since the commencement of amendments to the Strata Schemes Management Act in November 2016, tenants have had the right to be given notice of and attend Owners’ Corporation meetings,” Nicole Unger, REINSW General Counsel, said.

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Capital Fund Works Plan

The matters to be included in capital works fund plans need to be clarified and the annual savings needed to fund anticipated expenditure should be set out.

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Electronic Meetings and Voting

In the face of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, many strata schemes were left in a position where they were unable to function because they had not passed an ordinary resolution authorising electronic meetings and voting.

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Property Services Commissioner

Strata management is extremely complex and regulating the sector is beyond the capacity and capability of NSW Fair Trading. This is one of the reasons why REINSW is calling for the appointment of a dedicated Property Services Commissioner.

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Disability access

The Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (NSW) should be amended to reference accessibility and provide guidance to Strata Committees when dealing with modification requests for disability access.

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Privacy of owners’ details

The personal details of lot owners should not be widely available for the purposes of inspections of the strata roll and other records, or via the Strata Portal.

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Compulsory professional management

A strata scheme should be required to be professionally managed where it has more than four lots or the Owners’ Corporation is managing a budget of more than $150,000.

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Code of Conduct and training for Strata Committee members

Office holders and members of the Strata Committee should be required to comply with a mandatory Code of Conduct and an information pack should be provided to help them understand their roles and responsibilities.

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Altered arrangements for convening

The provisions allowing electronic convening and voting at meetings, introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, should be made permanent and not repealed on 13 May 2021.

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