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Commissioners Corner : Common Ground

Commissioner Forward

Welcome to our latest edition of Common Ground.

One of the challenges my Office faces is how we can best reach Queensland’s substantial – and expanding – community titles sector. At last count, for example, there were more than 45,000 schemes, all of which presumably might, at some stage, need some information or clarification about body corporate legislation.

Common Ground is just one of the methods we use to try to reach this audience. In this edition, we cover a range of recent developments in our world. I hope that we can get our Common Ground editions out more regularly in future, to give that immediacy and currency to our subscribers which will help them in their day-to-day dealings.

At the same time, my Information Services team is working on a range of other initiatives, including things such as webinars, which will increase our reach and get our information out to a broad cross-section of clients. We’re also looking at enhancing our website to ensure it is best meeting the needs of our customers. Stay tuned for more developments.

What’s new?

My Information Service has been busy creating new webpages to provide you with more body corporate information. I encourage you to take the time to have a read of the ones that may interest you.

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Practice Directions

Some new practice directions and a guide to their use have been published to provide assistance to customers trying to understand our dispute resolution requirements.

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Fee increase

As of 1 July 2017 all fees under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 and the Building Units and Group Titles Act 1980 increased.

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Online applications and payments

You can complete your dispute resolution application online in preparation for lodgement with my Office.

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Community titles sector statistics

There has been continued growth in the community titles sector in Queensland. The latest figures from the Titles Registry Office have recently been released.

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BCCM statistics

In this article, I will attempt to quantify just how “busy” my Office is, by providing some statistics about our work in 2016-17, along with some commentary about what these statistics might mean.

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Insurance in small schemes

Insurance is a hot topic, especially in schemes of 6 lots and under.

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Bullying, harassment & abuse

Find out where to go and what steps you can take to reduce the instances of bullying, harassment and abuse in your scheme.

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Update your subscription details

As a result of our survey, to help us meet your needs, my Office wants to learn more about you.

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Frequently asked questions

Find out the answers to some of the questions commonly asked of our Conciliation Service.

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This article was contributed by Chris Irons, Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management.

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