Queensland | Amendments to the BCCM Regulations
New regulations made under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (BCCM Act) will commence on 1 March 2021. The new regulations aim to address known issues, modernise body corporate procedures, reduce body corporate costs and enhance protection for unit owners.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals and organisations across all sectors have embraced the benefits of electronic technologies. The new regulations intend to streamline practices, such as providing notices by email and electronic voting and will assist owners to actively participate in their body corporates.
Effective from 1 March 2021, the new regulations will:
- facilitate electronic voting and attendance at meetings, including the use of ‘live’ electronic voting and remote personal attendance by teleconference and video conference. Bright & Duggan is testing new technology platforms to facilitate this service;
- facilitate the use of email and other forms of electronic communication for the exchange of information and documents;
- amend voting procedures in some instances (e.g. ‘same issue motions’);
- Committees now have 21 days to vote on a motion outside of committee meeting. If a decision is not made within 21 days, the resolution is taken to have been defeated;
- require information to be submitted to and recorded on the relevant rolls in a more timely manner; and
- encourage early identification of building defects by requiring consideration of a motion to prepare a defects assessment report.
Strata Community Association Queensland (SCA), in partnership with Grace Lawyers and Chambers Russell Lawyers, have prepared a comprehensive overview of the changes to assist owners and industry professionals. Click here to access the Strata Community Association (QLD) overview of the Amendments to the BCCM Regulations.
If you would like to undertake a more detailed review of these regulation changes, please utilise the following links: