OCN Submissions

OCN Submissions2023-11-09T13:25:33+11:00
23February, 2022

Promoting Innovation for the NSW Energy Sector

OCN welcomes the NSW Government’s intention to deliver an energy system that puts the customer at the centre of policy and program design, while delivering an affordable and reliable energy future that helps achieve net zero emissions by 2050

18November, 2021

NSW Strata Hub

OCN strongly supports, in fact requested, the establishment of a strata register to capture core scheme information and enable the NSW government to communicate with, gain insight into, and support this fast growing housing sector.

22October, 2021

NSW Home Building Act

In NSW, the emphasis on increasingly tall and more complex apartment buildings to house a growing population demands that only the most suitably qualified professionals are permitted to undertake this work. However failures in the regulatory system and in the construction industry have led to systemic defects in high rise apartment buildings.  The protection of consumers through the delivery of high quality, sustainable homes is of paramount public importance.

15October, 2021

National Construction Code 2022

OCN made a submission on the proposed amendments by the Australian Building Codes Board to energy efficiency and condensation technical provisions, seeking earlier construction and operation of Net Zero Emission buildings, that are ready for the unavoidable impacts of climate change and that are built to ensure the health and wellbeing of their occupants.

11October, 2021

NSW Digital Survey Plans Reform

Having sat on the consultative committee established to provide advice and guidance on the transition to digital survey plans, OCN made a short submission outlining the benefits of the reforms for strata title purchasers.

18September, 2021

Strata Schemes Management Act Survey Results

In 2015, the NSW Government introduced two new Acts to overhaul the legal frameworks covering development and management of Strata Schemes. In November 2020, the NSW Government asked Strata Owners, Residents and others for feedback on how well they/those who support them feel that these laws are operating and how they could be improved. We knew many of our number had strong views but insufficient time to complete the 141-question survey or prepare a submission.

29July, 2021

Licensing of Conveyancers

21 JULY 2021 OCN made a short submission calling for the same standard of conduct to apply to Conveyancers as applies to Lawyers.  The current regulatory framework lacks the rigour to ensure appropriate protections for consumers. > Download PDF

15June, 2021

Draft Environmental Strategy 2021-2025

15 June 2021 The Owners Corporation Network (OCN) applauds the City of Sydney for their strong and ongoing advocacy and support for a Green Global and Connected Sydney. The environmental results and outcomes as summarised in the City's draft Environmental Strategy 2021-25 are impressive and we are proud to be a partner with the City in the achievement of sustainable residential apartment communities. > Download PDF

11February, 2021

Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 – 5 Year Review Letter to Minister

11 FEBRUARY 2021 Since publication of the Strata Review Discussion Paper and survey OCN many members have expressed frustration and disappointment at the manner in which it has been presented. OCN has written to the Minister for Better Regulation & Innovation, The Hon. Kevin Anderson, outlining several major concerns about gaps and assumptions in the process, the ‘survey’ and the questions themselves. >Download PDF

19January, 2021

Developer Handover Documents – Building Manual Content Requirement

19 JANUARY 2021 OCN made a submission to the Australian Building Codes Board on the documentation that should be required by law to be given to owners corporations by the developer.  When this is legislated and enforced – and the current practice of ignoring requirements for handover documentation is ended – it will greatly assist owners in new buildings. >Download PDF


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