2021 Advocacy Agenda
There are some critical milestones being tackled in 2021, from our upcoming working group to discuss the Community Titles Schemes legislation, a new government relations strategy for the next 2-3 years and our continued commitment to professionalising the sector with a robust accreditation pathway.
Already, the Board is rolling up their sleeves to get some headway in progressing on the ALP Election Commitments. Many of the issues we pursued late last year are critical to consumers and I am pleased to say that we have succeeded in putting them firmly on the government's agenda.
Community Titles Legislation Working Group
The Community Titles Legislation Working Group will discuss strata issues in four stages, all issues specifically raised by SCA (Qld) in our 2020 Election Priorities. We made 7 recommendations, with 6 of them directed towards the Department of Justice and we are ready to finalise those pressing consumer issues. SCA (Qld) is one of only six stakeholders.
Stage 1 will commence with the current issues facing our sector, primarily alternative insurance arrangements and the Queensland Treasury’s response to the recommendations made by the ACCC.
Stage 2 will involve some of the outstanding recommendations from the QUT Property Law Review which was conducted from 2014 - 2016. This includes one of the major priorities for SCA (Qld) which involves allowing bodies corporate to better self-regulate with reduced restrictions on by-laws.
Stage 3 is focussed on the commitments made by the government during the election period which covers a lot of SCA (Qld) introduced topics including body corporate manager licensing and regulations, an expanded dispute resolution framework, and more ability to do a review of management rights and caretaking duties.
The final stage will look at harmonising BUGTA with the BCCM Act to assess whether bringing these two acts together will assist with greater “regulatory uniformity” across bodies corporate in Queensland.
This working group is a once in a lifetime opportunity allowing SCA (Qld) to demonstrate its thought leadership and improving legislation across the sector.
Government Relations Strategy for 2021 and beyond
SCA (Qld) has made significant steps towards becoming a respected and credible stakeholder group for many government councils, such as the BCCM Stakeholder Group, the Ministerial Construction Council, the Ministerial Housing Council and the QBCC Stakeholder Group. To continue and build on this success, the Board is developing a comprehensive government relations strategy spanning the coming 2-3 years.
This strategy will be comprehensive and include a specific plan that ensures the priorities we need to advocate for are heard by the right government representatives. With three levels of government there is much work to be done in accelerating body corporate to the front of mind of our government. It is critical for SCA (Qld) to develop a vision of our industry and organisation for the next 3 years and to set key milestones that take us to the next level of success.
What did SCA (Qld) do in 2020 for advocacy in the strata sector? Check it out below:
SCA (Qld) announced seven Election Priorities for the 2020 Queensland State Election, as key areas of concern in the strata industry.
The 2020 SCA (Qld) Election Campaign has motivated our State politicians to make a commitment to finally put the body corporate and community sector in focus. As we look to the re-elected State Government, it is crucial that SCA (Qld) continues to push priorities to ensure strata communities are made a priority focus and policy takes into consideration their specific needs. There are over 50,000 strata communities in Queensland who must be heard to no longer be let down by government regulations.
Going forward we are confident to see more reforms that have substantial impact on the strata sector with our most critical reform objectives confirmed as important to the elected Queensland Government.
Bipartisan support has been granted to address:
the North Queensland Insurance crisis by working towards a solution
the chronic defects issues where owners have no protection or rectification avenues
a regulatory framework for professional body corporate manager’s qualification and education
the extension of the statutory home warranty scheme to include buildings with more than 3 storeys; and
community living issues such as pets, parking, scheme termination and how communities live more harmoniously
We further took industry issues such as North Queensland insurance availability to all major parties and politicians and achieved a written confirmation by the now elected government to instate a legislation working group, to make changes to improve the insurance situation and to finally consider strata manager licensing, a goal SCA (Qld) has pursued for 37 years. We also received letters of support for our priorities from the LNP, Greens and KAP. We injected 5-10% of our turnover to support the pre-Election campaign to firmly put consumer issues that also affect professional strata managers onto the government’s agenda.
SCA (Qld) has spent many hours writing, submitting and meeting with political candidates to ensure strata voices are heard. We have received significant media attention over the past few months. Read all about it below: