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Neighbour Day 2024

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    Neighbour Day 2024

    Fostering belonging in strata living In the context of strata living, where residents share not only walls but also communal spaces and responsibilities, the theme ‘Create Belonging | Share Belonging’ from Neighbours Every Day takes on added significance. Strata communities, with their unique blend of private and shared living spaces, present both opportunities and challenges […]

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    Crystal Ball for Strata Reform in 2024

    Likely strata reforms to take place in 2024 The pace of strata reform is poised to accelerate in 2024 with the new Property Services and Strata Commissioner, John Minns about to embark on the next stage of a major overhaul of legislation and regulation. 2023 closed with the passage of the first major updates to […]

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  • medium-density-housing

    Planning reforms to fast track
    low & medium density

    NSW Government challenges Councils to “go further than” the Government’s new policy – allowing 112,000 new homes. On 23 November 2023 the State of New South Wales announced planning changes that it claims will fast-track a greater diversity of low and medium density housing where it is not currently allowed. Councils all have different planning […]

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  • emergency-services-levy

    Reforms to the Emergency Services Levy

    Reforms to the Emergency Service Levy in NSW will see a reduction in insurance premiums. The NSW Emergency Services Levy (ESL) is a vital source of funding for essential emergency services agencies in the state, including the Rural Fire Services (RFS), Fire and Rescue New South Wales (FRNSW), and the State Emergency Service (SES). However, […]

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  • complying-development-remedial-repairs

    Remedial building work

    The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has released a new fact sheet aimed at shedding light on the complexities of remedial building work under the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020. This is a significant step in aiding remedial practitioners, owners corporations, and strata managers to navigate the intricacies of their obligations. The fact […]

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  • Strata and Property Services Commissioner

    New Reforms to Strata Laws

    New reforms on the cards for NSW Strata Laws The New South Wales Government is embarking on more significant reforms of strata laws, aiming to create a fairer and more transparent system for community living. With over 85,000 strata schemes in NSW compared to just 50,000 in 1996 and an additional 1,000 new – and […]

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  • complying-exempt-development

    Remedial Works, the DBP Act
    and Planning Approvals

    Planning approvals & the DBP Act for strata remedial works In a recent interview with Helen Kowal, Partner at Swaab, we discussed the implications of the recent legislative and regulatory reforms in the construction industry of New South Wales. These reforms, while widely acknowledged as necessary for enhancing the quality of construction work in both […]

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  • rental-commissioner

    Appointment of a Rental Commissioner

    The NSW Government has opened a new front in property market reform with the appointment of Rental Commissioner Trina Jones. Ms Jones, previously Homelessness NSW CEO, steps into the at-times fraught space between landlords and tenants amid headlines about a housing crisis after a sustained period of rising rents and falling vacancies. She will be […]

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