OCN Policies2020-10-05T23:21:21+11:00
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 using 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 [...]

31March, 2019

Better Deal for Strata – Building Defects

31 MARCH 2019 In 2012 researchers at UNSW found that an estimated 85 percent of new strata buildings were found to have defects after completion – yet consumer protection has not been a priority. Someone buying a toaster or a fridge has more recourse under NSW consumer law than someone [...]

28February, 2019

Better Deal for Strata – Commissioner for Strata Living

28 FEBRUARY 2019 February 28, 2019 With around 1.2 million people in NSW now living in strata communities, OCN has urged the NSW State Government to ensure the sector’s interests are properly addressed through establishing a Commissioner for Strata Living and affiliated policy and strategy office. This role and office [...]

28February, 2019

Better Deal for Strata – Background

28 FEBRUARY 2019 Did you know strata schemes originated in NSW? The sector is now housing more than a million people, however, it does not receive the level of government focus and support it needs and deserves. OCN advocates for the rights and interests of strata owners, residents and owners’ [...]

28February, 2019

Better Deal for Strata – Short Term Letting Policy

28 FEBRUARY 2019 Airbnb-style letting in strata communities needs to be regulated to ensure short-term rentals do not make life a misery for other permanent residents and long-term tenants. OCN is calling on the NXSW State government to modify its proposed Short-Term Letting Arrangements to improve accountability and protections. > [...]

28February, 2019

Better Deal for Strata – Case for Short Term Letting Register

28 FEBRUARY 2019 OCN is opposed to the proposal to allow virtually any residential dwelling to be used for short-term letting purposes unless strict and fair regulations are also put in place to ensure strata communities are not plagued by the presence of “party houses”. The OCN policy on short-term [...]

31January, 2012

Terrorism Cover for Residential Strata Buildings

31 JANUARY 2012 OCN identified a need for larger strata apartment buildings to have access to the Australian Reinsurance Pool for terrorism-related events. The potential risks to the sector were identified, and the federal government lobbied to ensure strata owners and strata communities were not left without cover in the [...]

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