SCA (QLD) Calls on Queensland's Political Parties to 'Step Up' Ahead of 2020 Election . . . . 


Thursday 16 July, 2020:

SCA (Qld) is challenging Queensland’s political parties to find a permanent solution to the North Queensland insurance crisis, provide greater protections from building defects and enable more choice for how individual strata complexes govern themselves in the lead up to the Queensland election.

Releasing its 2020 Election Priorities, Queensland’s peak body for strata title property management outlined seven key areas for reform and called on all political parties to ‘step up and act’ to protect and enhance consumer rights.

One in four Queenslanders live in strata titled properties and the proportion of people living in strata schemes is increasing year-on-year as more people choose to live in apartments, townhouses and similar properties and the rapid growth of strata titled properties in Queensland has far outstripped reform and has left much of the legislation and laws governing strata living outdated and inadequate to protect many consumers.

“In consultation with our members, we have identified seven key areas for reform that if enacted will deliver greater choice, improved protections, better regulation and higher management standards within strata communities in Queensland,” said Mr Nickless, SCA’s QLD President.

SCA (Qld)’s 2020 Election Priorities call for a change in attitude towards consumer issues and extending protections to those owning and residing in strata lots:

  • Fix the North Queensland Insurance Crisis: The government must provide financial support to NQ strata communities and investigate a reinsurance pool.
  • Protect consumers from defects by broadening the Statutory Warranty Scheme to include high-rises.
  • Enable strata schemes to self-govern by allowing them to make by-laws regarding pets and smoking that bind them all equally.
  • Increase consumer protections including an expanded dispute resolution framework to include original owners as a party to a dispute in the Commissioner’s Office.
  • Create a more balanced approach to management rights.
  • Provide an easier and less costly process to enforce adjudication orders.
  • Provide protections against bullying and harassment: Strata sector professionals must be better protected against bullying and harassment from volunteers.
  • Set government requirements for strata accreditation and education within the strata sector.

 

Strata Community Association (Qld) SCA (Qld) is the peak association supporting the state's strata sector, with more than 1,200 individual and corporate members who help oversee, advise, and manage a collective sinking fund balance of $165 million. The association brings together people who manage strata schemes, own units or live in strata communities, and those who provide products and services for schemes. We also provide education, advice, and advocacy to enable better understanding of the regulations, obligations and owner's rights.