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OCN Policies2020-10-05T23:21:21+11:00
26September, 2020

A Better Deal for Strata – Consumer Protection – Building Defects update

SEPTEMBER 2020 Building defects remain a major problem for owners of new strata dwellings and also pose high levels of risk for those purchasing apartments off the plan. This OCN policy update summarises the main regulatory changes being either proposed or enacted in NSW to address the systemic causes of [...]

7May, 2020

Labor Update on Design & Building Practitioners Bill Progress

07 MAY 2020 Legislation drafted by the NSW Government to improve the accountability of building industry practitioners and the quality and compliance of construction, particularly multi-residential buildings, is currently stalled. The NSW Labor Opposition is lobbying the government to finally pass its Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019, which will [...]

29April, 2020

Minister for Planning & Public Spaces – COVID-19 & Construction Work Days

29 APRIL 2020 OCN wrote to NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Rob Stokes, requesting an urgent amendment to the EPA (COVID-19 Development-Construction Work Days) Order 2020 to protect the physical and mental health of strata residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The order allowed building work to be carried [...]

29April, 2020

Minister for Better Regulation & Innovation – Urgent Building Reforms Required

29 APRIL 2020 OCN wrote to the NSW Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson, requesting urgent action to pass two key pieces of legislation drafted by the government – the Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019 and the Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Bill 2020. The situation has [...]

21April, 2020

OCN Fact Sheet – Short Term Letting – Updated April 2020

21 APRIL 2020 This OCN fact sheet outlines proposed changes to the NSW regulatory framework announced in June 2018 and the further changes released in August 2019. The new strata by-law power commenced on 10 April 2020. It is for information only. It does not constitute legal advice. > OCN [...]

6April, 2020

COVID-19 Economic Impacts & Strata Levy Defaults

06 APRIL 2020 The strata sector is facing a perfect storm of financial, governance and operational issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Legislation enacted by the NSW state government failed to address the needs of the sector, and as result, OCN developed a comprehensive set of recommendations based on input [...]

2April, 2020

NSW Minister for Health – COVID-19 Concerns

2 APRIL 2020 Short-term letting of apartments within strata schemes during the COVID-19 pandemic poses a major risk to the health and safety of owners and established resident tenants. OCN wrote to NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard requesting urgent action to modify the government’s Public Health Orders to address this [...]

19March, 2020

NSW Better Regulation & Innovation Minister – COVID-19 Quarantine Threat to Strata Living

19 MARCH 2020 With the introduction of mandatory self-isolation for returning overseas travellers, OCN became extremely concerned about the new phenomenon of Airbnb and other short-term letting platforms promoting apartments in strata communities as isolation rentals. OCN wrote to the NSW minister for better regulation, Keven Anderson, calling for urgent [...]

19March, 2020

NSW Premier – COVID-19 Quarantine Threat to Strata Living

19 MARCH 2020 With the introduction of mandatory self-isolation for returning overseas travellers, OCN became extremely concerned about the new phenomenon of Airbnb and other short-term letting platforms promoting apartments in strata communities as isolation rentals. OCN wrote to the NSW Premier calling for urgent action under the Public Health [...]

19March, 2020

NSW Minister for Health – COVID-19 Quarantine Threat to Strata Living

19 MARCH 2020 With the introduction of mandatory self-isolation for returning overseas travellers, OCN became extremely concerned about the new phenomenon of Airbnb and other short-term letting platforms promoting apartments in strata communities as isolation rentals. OCN wrote to the NSW minister for health, Brad Hazzard, calling for urgent action [...]

4December, 2019

OCN Background Paper – Digital Transformation in the Strata Sector

4 DECEMBER 2019 The digital transformation of the Australian economy is well underway, yet information and data in the strata sector is still managed us9ing manual and fragmented systems that lack transparency. Impacts of this include difficulties for buyers in obtaining vital information, lack of opportunity for strata community associations [...]

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