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President's Update - March

Collaboration, Innovation and Standards


The recent 2024 SCAQ Conference held on the scenic Gold Coast was a resounding success, marked by the high attendance of our dedicated members. We express our deepest gratitude to our partners and sponsors for their invaluable support, which was instrumental in the event's success and in furthering our shared goals.

While there were plenty of highlights - especially Club Neon, my key takeaways were:


1. Fostering Harmonious Strata Communities

A central theme of this year’s conference was the significant role that harmonious living plays within strata communities. We delved into strategies for promoting understanding, respect, and cooperation among residents, which are essential for creating and maintaining a positive communal environment. This focus underscores our ongoing commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all members within the strata sector.


2. The Importance of Committee Workshops

Our member committees continue to play a pivotal role in shaping the SCAQ's programs, particularly concerning member services and education. These committees are vital, providing key touchpoints for our members and acting as subject matter experts for policy development. This ensures our initiatives are not only comprehensive but also directly aligned with our members' needs and the latest industry trends. The Board and committee workshop, which took place during the conference, were crucial in driving our ambitious strategic plan forward. These sessions underscored the importance of member involvement, ensuring that their voices and insights are integral to our decision-making processes.


3.    Embracing Ai in Strata Management

A significant focus of the conference was the potential impact of Artificial Intelligence (Ai) on the strata sector. We discussed how Ai could revolutionize strata management by streamlining operations, enhancing decision-making processes, and fostering better community engagement. Embracing Ai technologies aligns with our commitment to innovation and provides new avenues for improving service delivery and management efficiency within our communities.


The journey to Elevated Professional Standards and Commitment to Excellence

In our continuous effort to elevate professional standards, we have made significant regulatory advancements and implemented strategic initiatives, including:


  • Accelerated adoption of the Best Practice Insurance Disclosure Guide, moving its mandatory implementation date to 30 June 2024.

  • Appointment of an independent Chair for the SCA Australasia complaints and conduct panel.

  • Enhancement of the complaints process through additional resources and improved accessibility.

  • Development of best practice guidelines addressing conflicts of interest and ensuring transparent disclosures beyond insurance matters.

  • Provision of additional support for SCA member businesses, aiding them in accessing crucial resources, advice, and training.

  • Endorsement of the independent review conducted by SCA (NSW), reinforcing our dedication to transparency and sector integrity.

The conference on the Gold Coast has left us inspired and more committed than ever to our shared goals. We are immensely grateful for the active participation of our members and the support from our partners and sponsors. As we move forward, our focus remains on embodying the principles of collaboration, innovation, and excellence, ensuring the strata sector not only meets but exceeds the expectations of the communities we serve.


Andrew Davidson

SCAQ President

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