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Who are the Vaccination Police?

Down the vaccination rabbit hole For those who can remember their childhood, Alice in Wonderland was quite the trip. But that mind-bending exercise in pretzel logic is nothing compared with the rabbit hole we are all about to enter with COVID-19 vaccination in strata communities. The Cheshire cat said to Alice, ‘If you don’t know…

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Short Stay Laws Adopted in Noosa – Where Next?

Noosa Council have approved a new law to regulate the ongoing operation of short-stay letting. After a lengthy public consultation process and an extensive legal review, the new law was approved on the 21st October 2021 to come into effect on 1st February 2022. The new law aims to reduce the impacts of short-stay letting…

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Community Education Seminars – Series Summary October 2021

Our latest round of Community Education Seminars were held all over Queensland this month, delivering the latest information on a wide range of strata-related topics. These topics ranged from committee code of conduct and reasonable decision-making to the insurance/reinsurance pool update in North Queensland, as well as covering issues such as electric vehicle charging stations,…

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Balustrade Regulation Changes

Recent changes to the AS1288-2021 glass in building standard have set out revised standards for balustrades or barriers as they are now called. To help understand those changes, we asked the resident experts in glass, Beth Pope, Account Manager at O’Brien and Roland Rode, National Compliance Manager at O’Brien® to summarise the changes and what…

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BCM Licensing – Have your say!

We are seeking your feedback on a proposed regulatory framework for licensing of body corporate managers in Queensland. This has been a goal of SCA (Qld) since our inception in 1983. A well designed licensing regime would represent a watershed moment for our industry and create a new era of professionalism in the sector. The…

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COVID-19 Emergency Provisions Extended

COVID-19 Emergency Legislation Provisions extended for bodies corporate until 30 April 2022 SCA (Qld) confirms that all of the temporary COVID-19 measures currently in force to assist bodies corporate and unit owners to respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 emergency are drafted so that they expire on the COVID-19 legislation expiry day. In relation to the…

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Cairns and South East Qld restrictions easing from 4pm Friday 20 August 2021

From Friday 20 August 2021, 4pm South East Queensland LGAs will have some restrictions eased. These restrictions will remain in the regions until 27 August 2021, and if no further developments occur over the next week they will come in line with the current restrictions in the rest of Queensland. The current restrictions in the…

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By-laws Restricting Short Term Letting

In November 2018, the QCAT Appeal Tribunal found that Bodies Corporate in Queensland could not ban or restrict lot owners from “holiday letting” their lots or using services like Airbnb. However, in April 2020, a decision of the District Court flipped the Appeal Tribunal decision on its head, leading several schemes in South East Queensland…

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Stage 3 Cladding Update

Bodies Corporate must give a hard copy Fire Engineer’s statement to all of the building’s occupants within 60 days… and ongoing. The QBCC have confirmed that all owners AND tenants must be given a full copy of the report within 60 days of receiving the report. Bodies corporate with affected buildings under Part 4A of the…

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Smoke Alarm Upgrades – Legislation from 1 January 2022

On 1 January 2017 new smoke alarm legislation was introduced in Queensland. The legislation is being rolled out in a staged approach over 10 years, with all dwellings to be compliant by 1 January 2027. The new legislation specifies the type, positioning and interconnectedness of smoke alarms, which are critical factors for an early warning…

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