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Summary of body corporate regulation changes

On 1 March 2021, the Body Corporate and Community Management (Standard Module) Regulation 2020 replaced the Standard Module regulation from 2008.

The government amended the regulation to:

  • modernise body corporate procedures
  • reduce body corporate costs
  • enhance protection for unit owners.

The new Standard Module includes several changes to committee membership, elections and procedures for meetings.

Read more about the changes to:

  • Committee membership—including voting, nominations, and engaging a body corporate manager in place of a committee
  • Committee meetings—including motions, committee decisions, voting and attendance (electronic or by an owner or representative)
  • General meetings—including quorums, power of attorney, grouping same-issue motions, voting electronically, changes to early annual meetings, and proxies for layered schemes

There are also changes to other administrative matters, which have been a key focus in the legislation reforms.

Read more about these changes on this page:

Disclosure of benefits

Before a body corporate decides to enter into a contract (including insurance), the body corporate manager and the caretaking service contractor for the scheme must disclose any associated:

  • commission
  • payment
  • other benefit, including the amount of the benefit if is monetary.

Insurance

The committee can spend above the limit for committee spending to put in place or renew an insurance policy, if it is not a restricted issue.

The committee must consider 2 insurance quotes if the cost of the insurance policy is above the major spending limit for the scheme.

Information about the body corporate insurance policy provided at the annual general meeting must include details of any insurance broker or intermediary involved with the policy.

Electronic communication

Address for service

Your address for service for the body corporate roll may include your email address.

If you give your email address to the body corporate as a part of your address for service, you are consenting to receive all documents from the body corporate by email.

If you have previously given your email address to the body corporate for the purpose of receiving documents, this email address will now be your address for service.

Giving of documents

Documents that the body corporate is required to give you (e.g. general meeting agendas) or that you give the body corporate (e.g. a request to inspect body corporate records) can be provided:

  • in person
  • by sending to your ‘address for service’ (including your email address)
  • in a way agreed to by you and the body corporate (e.g. a portal).

Serving documents on the secretary

If an owner must give a document or information to the secretary, they can give it to a body corporate manager instead if the manager is authorised by the body corporate to exercise some or all of the powers of the secretary.

Body corporate roll

Owner responsibility

You must update your details with the body corporate for the body corporate roll within 1 month (previously 2 months) after:

  • you become the owner of a lot
  • a lease or sublease is entered into for 6 months or more
  • you engage a person to rent out your lot
  • the engagement of a person renting out your lot is terminated
  • as a mortgagee, you enter into possession of a lot (i.e. when it is repossessed).

Body corporate responsibility

The body corporate must record the information required for the roll within 14 days of receiving the information.

More information

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