Media Statements by OCN

Media Statements by OCN2023-12-20T18:34:22+11:00

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19June, 2024

NSW Budget 2024-25

MEDIA RELEASE 19 June 2024 The Owners Corporation Network of Australia (OCN) welcomes new budget funding specifically to support delivery of much needed strata reform. Strata is one of the main, if not the main, formats for improved housing supply over the short and medium term. So, it’s a good start. But more will be needed as the scope and scale of the task to improve community confidence and trust [...]

15May, 2024

Consumer Groups Unite in Call for Increased Resourcing of NSW Strata & Property Services Commissioner

A coalition of leading consumer groups - the Australian College of Strata Lawyers, Australian Consumers Insurance Lobby, Owners Corporation Network of Australia, Retirement Village Residents Association, and Strata Community Association - has jointly urged the NSW State Government to increase funding for the Office of the Strata and Property Services Commissioner in the 2024-25 NSW State Budget. Read media release:>  240515 Joint ACSL, ACIL, OCN, RVRA, SCA Call For NSW [...]

22March, 2024

United Call for Investigation into NetStrata Practices by Regulatory Bodies

22 MARCH 2024 In response to alarming revelations broadcast on ABC’s 7:30 Report, the Australian Consumers Insurance Lobby (ACIL), Owners Corporation Network of Australia (OCN), and Unit Owners Association Queensland (UOAQ) are jointly calling upon ASIC, ACCC, and the Strata & Property Services Commissioner of New South Wales to commence a thorough investigation into the practices of NetStrata and its associated entities. “OCN is deeply troubled by the findings reported [...]

15February, 2024

Consumer Groups Demand Explanation from Insurers on Lack of Cover in Northern Australia

15 FEBRUARY 2024 Australian Consumers Insurance Lobby Inc (ACIL), Unit Owners Association of Queensland (UOAQ), Owners Corporation Network of Australia (OCN), and NQ Strata Action Group have collectively issued a formal request to the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) seeking an explanation for the lack of insurance coverage offered in Northern Australia, despite the implementation of the Cyclone Reinsurance Pool (the Pool). Read Joint Media Release:> 240215 Joint ACIL, UOAQ, [...]

4December, 2023

Owners Corporation Network Getting on Top of e-bike Fire Risk with Expert Webinar

4 DECEMBER 2023 Sunday's e-bicycle battery fire in an apartment is the most recent of several this year. OCN, which represents and supports apartment owners and residents, has been researching best practice in protecting its members from this developing risk. “We have engaged with experts including EV Firesafe, an Australian company funded by the Department of Defence, the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA), the Electric Vehicle Council and taken advice [...]

16November, 2023

OCN Welcomes Abolition of Emergency Services Levy on Insurance Policies

16 NOVEMBER 2023 The Owners Corporation Network of Australia (OCN) congratulates the NSW Government on its decision to reform the Emergency Services Levy (ESL), announced by Premier Chris Minns today. The tax penalises those who pay insurance amid a cost-of-living crunch and at a time when worsening extreme weather means cover is needed more than ever. NSW insurance customers pay around three times the amount of state taxes than Victorian [...]

9October, 2023

Appointment of a Strata Commissioner for NSW

9 OCTOBER 2023 “We welcome today’s announcement that NSW has appointed a Commissioner dedicated to Strata. The appointment of a Strata Commissioner should lead to better coordinated, and transparent responses to the many challenges facing this growing housing sector,” Karen Stiles, Executive Director, Owners Corporation Network said. “Right now, cost-of-living pressures are putting the spotlight on opaque market practices. Strata residents are facing an energy transition, sustainability demands, and rising [...]

15January, 2023

Peak Apartment Body Calls For Pre-Election NSW Response To Ongoing Covid Legal Threat

15 JANUARY 2023 The peak body for the one million plus apartment owners in New South Wales says with new COVID variants emerging, it is concerned tens of thousands of owners corporations in the State are exposed to possible legal challenge if they try and protect apartment precincts from a new COVID outbreak. Read full media release:> 230115 Peak Body Calls for Pre-election Response to Ongoing COVID Legal Threat

23December, 2022

Apartment Owners Urged to Embrace 10 Year Defects Insurance

23 DECEMBER 2022 On the eve of the four year anniversary of the Opal Tower apartment calamity in Sydney, the peak body representing apartment owners is repeating its call for Owners Corporations throughout the State to take up an innovative and “game changing” offer by the State Government to solve building defect disputes – including 10 year insurance protection paid for by developers - and end the “lawyers picnic” in [...]

7December, 2022

Government Called on to Safeguard Financial Information Worth Billions From Cyber Crooks

7 DECEMBER 2022 The New South Wales Government is being called on to provide assurances to the State’s one million plus apartment owners that confidential information required by the Government via its new Strata Hub cannot be accessed by cyber crooks, with the scheme’s deadline for compliance only weeks away. Read media release:> 221207 Government Called on to Safeguard Financial Information Worth Billions from Cyber Crooks

22November, 2022

Peak Body Warns Apartment & Unit Owners to Adopt Zero Tolerance for Schoolies Onslaught

22 NOVEMBER 2022 The peak body for apartment and unit owners says strata owners and Owners Corporations should adopt a zero tolerance policy for unruly schoolies to avoid being left with damages bills of thousands of dollars. It says the parents of unruly schoolies should be held accountable and made to pay for any damages. Read full media release:> 221122 Peak Body Warns Apartment Owners to Adopt Zero Tolerance For [...]

21November, 2022

Move to End Lawyers Picnic in Strata Disputes Welcomed

21 NOVEMBER 2022 The peak body representing apartment owners in New South Wales is calling for Owners Corporations throughout the State to take up an innovative and “game changing” offer by the State Government to solve building defect disputes and end the “lawyers picnic” in dispute resolution with wealthy developers. Read Media Release:> 221121 Move to End Lawyers Picnic in Strata Disputes Welcomed

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