Strata title was first used for dealing with legal ownership of property with both common and individually held areas in New South Wales in the year nineteen sixty one. Since, then the strata title legal framework has been adopted in Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland, South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Alberta, British Columbia, Singapore, New Zealand, and Indonesia, among others. Given that the concept of strata title was an Australian legal innovation, there is no surprise that many of the leading international developments in strata management Sydney emanate from Australia. Australia has long been a leader in property law innovations, not only with strata title, but also with the use of the Torrens title in South Australia from the year eighteen fifty eight. It has since been adopted in Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand, among other places.
There are now over two hundred and seventy thousand strata title schemes existing in Australia, encompassing in excess of one million and nine hundred and ninety nine thousand individual lots. Most strata title schemes employ and provide professional services by strata managers, who are responsible, inter alia, for:
• Setting dates for meetings of the committee, the annual general meeting, and so on.
• Providing advice relating to issues with the strata title scheme.
• Advising residents of meetings, preparing the agenda, minutes, and so forth.
• Ensuring that the strata is fully compliant with occupational health, safety, and welfare requirements.
• Maintenance of the owner corporation register.
• Payment of invoices, the strata budget, and contribution notices.
The main reason that the majority of strata title schemes use the services of a professional strata manager for body corporate services is the professional expertise and time that they are able to commit to the management of the strata title scheme. The legislation relating to strata title is often complex and potentially confusing, so a professional strata manager is better able to manage a strata title scheme in compliance with all of the relevant laws. The professional association for a strata manager in Australia is the SCA, or Strata Community Australia. Requirements of membership of Strata Community Australia include professional indemnity insurance, ongoing professional development and training, and adherence to the Strata Community Australia code of conduct.
There also exist state or territory level branches of Strata Community Australia in Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Tasmania, the Northern Territory, Western Australia, and South Australia. These are able to provide advice on the state or territory specific elements of strata title legislation. For example, in South Australia strata title is governed by the Strata Titles Act 1988 (SA) and the Community Titles Act 1996 (SA), as amended by the Statutes Amendment (Community and Strata Titles) Act 2012 (SA) as of the twenty eighth of October in the year two thousand and thirteen.