Welcome to our Fresh Strata Autumn Newsletter.
Well it’s certainly been a wet and wild start to autumn, with many of our Northern Beaches clients impacted by the recent storms and flooding.
The Fresh Strata Team has been busy assisting our clients during office hours, with all clients also having access to 24/7 support via our After-hours Emergency Page.
Behind the scenes we’ve also been busy building our new and improved website which will make it easier for you to access the information you want and download the forms you need.
International Women’s Day High Tea
Did you know that over 80% of our Fresh Strata employees are female?
This International Women’s Day, three of the Fresh Strata team attended the Strata Community Association (NSW) International Women’s Day High Tea to learn more about calling out and breaking the bias for women in society, the workplace and beyond.
We were privileged to hear from two inspirational speakers: Christa Lenard, the employment, workplace relations & safety lawyer and partner at Kingston Reid, and Julia Banks, who is also a lawyer and is the Federal member for Chisholm in the Australian House of Representatives.
New Strata Hub Coming Soon
The NSW Government is building an online digital platform called Strata Hub to make it easier for people who build, own, live, or work in strata to get the information they need about a strata building.
The new Strata Hub will provide:
- a central point for strata schemes to report key information each year
- contact details for strata managing agents
- a range of education resources and information to support strata communities
- access to fire inspection reports
- details on how environmentally friendly a building is
- access to the digitised Strata Building Bond & Inspection Scheme (SBBIS) for newly constructed strata developments to identify and fix early building defects.
The Strata Hub is designed as a seamless digital platform that joins up the development application process to the construction and management of strata buildings. The government charge is $3 per plot per plan/annually.
What Is The Role Of A Strata Committee?
Strata committees are formed to represent the owners’ corporation and are in many respects like the board of directors of a company.
A strata committee can range in number from 1 to 9, all of whom are elected annually at the AGM.
There is no qualification to being a member of the SC, even non owners can be members. To be a member of the SC it is necessary for an owner to make the nomination either before or at the AGM.
Find out more about what your strata committee can and cannot do.
From, Friday 29 April 2022, Australia Post outlets will continue to accept payments via cheque and eftpos, however the changes to cash payments via DEFT means they will no longer be accepting cash payments via DEFT at Australia Post outlets.
They are removing the DEFT Australia Post payer fee of $2.75 to make the switch easier so any payments made at Australia Post via eftpos or cheque will be fee-free.
Any questions please get in touch with the Fresh Strata Team.
How Can Fresh Strata Help You?
We hope you enjoy our Fresh Strata autumn update. If you have any questions about any of the articles in this newsletter or about anything related to strata, we’re here to help!
Get in touch with our friendly team today.