Watch this presentation for an overview of the proposed strata reforms.
The WA State Government has given Landgate responsibility for delivering strata reforms to Western Australia.
The proposed reforms aim to provide more flexible and sustainable housing options to benefit strata owners, residents, tenants, investors and developers . They aim to improve the way strata schemes work but not to change current strata owners' land titles and boundaries.
You can read the detail of the reforms here on our webpages, view our video presentations or download printable documents containing information on each area of reform.
Latest news - October 2017
It may seem like the strata reform team has been quiet for a while, but we promise you there’s been a lot of work going on behind the scenes to push ahead with drafting the legislation. We’re pleased to say we’re making great progress.
As our Minister has said publicly, we aim to introduce the new legislation into Parliament in mid-2018 to give industry certainty and clarity as soon as possible. When we can be more definitive on timing, we’ll let you know.
Minister for Transport; Planning; Lands the Hon Rita Saffioti is a strong advocate of strata reform, noting the benefits to both the community and industry that will come from updating the legislation for the first time in a generation.
“By providing new strata development options, these reforms will help create vibrant communities,” the Minister commented when she supported the drafting of the legislation. “These reforms are important to the future housing needs of WA and the state government will be progressing this legislation as quickly as possible.”
The strata reform team is now intensely focused on working with the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office to get the legislation drafts done quickly whilst ensuring the legislation is fit-for-purpose because as our state grows, more people explore the option of strata living, investors look to expand their portfolios, and communities look to diversify housing options.
Once drafted, and approved by the Government, the reform Bills will be laid before Parliament and will be accessible to the public.
We will keep you posted as the drafting continues. In the meantime, make sure you have watched the videos and read the strata reform information on this website so that you can be ready for the changes when they come.
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Reasons for reform
Based on current trends, it is predicted that Western Australia’s population will increase to over five million by 2056.
There is a need for more housing to cater for the predicted population increase including more innovative housing options, while also meeting urban infill targets. Strata is important to the WA economy; there are more than 300,000 strata lots, which are conservatively estimated as being worth $170 billion. This number is increasing, with 40 to 50 per cent of all new lots created being strata. Annual sales of strata lots exceed $10.9 billion.
Strata titles are not just about residential properties but also involve retail, commercial and industrial business premises. A more robust and updated legislative framework is needed to support strata title schemes in WA.
Landgate has been asked to deliver strata reforms as a priority to reflect more flexibility in strata developments and provide for better community environments.
There has been no major reform to WA's strata legislation in 20 years.
Benefits to strata lot owners
Improving the management of schemes
- strata owners will benefit from improved management procedures
- strata managers will be regulated and made more accountable to carry out comprehensive statutory duties that will be imposed upon them
- building changes such as the installation of solar panels on common property will be easier.
Simplifying dispute resolution by:
- making the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) the one-stop shop for strata disputes
- strengthening SAT’s powers to efficiently resolve strata disputes.
Better buyer information
To assist buyers in assessing whether living in strata is the right move for them the reforms will give people buying into strata better information about their strata lot. The disclosure form will be easy to read and give guidance on important issues to consider about strata. Some of the better information buyers will receive include details of strata levies, a statement of the strata company accounts and a copy of the scheme by-laws.
Introducing safeguards for termination of schemes
At the moment, termination can be ordered with just one owner applying to the District Court. The reforms will introduce safeguards requiring a transparent process to be properly followed along with a full procedural and fairness review by SAT.
Benefits to the WA economy
The reforms will deliver new development options to help drive economic growth.
Community title, leasehold strata and the improved strata schemes can all be used to fully develop activity centres where people work, live and play close to public transport and above train stations. supporting the development of METRONET and METROHUBS.
Leasehold strata provides affordable housing in other parts of the world and can do so here in WA.
Staged strata will enable existing strata schemes which are developed in stages to be delivered faster and cheaper by providing greater flexibility to vary those schemes and by cutting some of the red-tape faced by developers when consent to plan variations are required.
Having more development options and streamlining the development process has led to rapid economic growth in other states.
The reform journey
These steps have been completed:
- development of reform concepts
- consultation with industry and strata experts
- reform recommendations approved by government
- drafting of the legislation commenced.
These steps are still to be achieved:
- drafting of the legislation completed
- introduction into Parliament
- successful passage through the upper and lower houses of Parliament
- drafting of the Regulations that will support the new legislation
- effecting the new legislation.
The seven areas of reform
There are seven areas of strata reform which will be delivered as a package comprised of the Strata Titles Amendment Bill and the Community Titles Bill.
Read all of the details or watch a video presentation by clicking on one of the links below.
Contact us and have your say
Send your feedback and enquiries about the strata reforms to: StrataTitlesActReform@landgate.wa.gov.au or call Landgate's Customer Service team on +61 (0)8 9273 7373.
Spread the word - download a poster
Let others know about the reforms. Download the reform poster [PDF 0.9MB] to print and display on the noticeboard of your strata scheme or office or email it to other owners and tenants.
What people are saying about the reforms
With affordability, sustainability and greater densities high on the agenda for both government and the community, these strata reforms are essential to delivering these outcomes.
Most of us know someone who has had a bad experience in a strata property due to a dispute, whether it be noise, parking, or incorrect use of common areas. In community living, there will also be disputes from time to time and it’s therefore imperative that these disputes can be addressed and resolved in a practical manner, which is not currently the case. The proposed reforms are set to address this.
Urbis is delighted that the WA Government has committed to further reforms to Strata laws. Urban areas everywhere are becoming more complex and mixed in character, so titling laws need to evolve to reflect this. These changes will facilitate the next generation of development, where public transport, retail, commercial, residential and short stay accommodation may be integrated.
These web pages have been prepared for the purposes of informing stakeholders and the community on the nature and scope of the proposed reforms to the legislation relating to strata title. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information presented in these web pages is accurate at the time of publication. Because these web pages avoid the use of legal language, information about the law may have been summarised or expressed in general statements. This information should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional legal advice or reference to the actual legislation. The contents of these web pages should not be relied on as a guide for current or future legislation relating to strata title in Western Australia or in relation to current or future development proposals, commercial transactions or dealings in strata title.
Please note: In administering the STA Landgate is principally involved in the registration of plans and titles for the lots and subsequent dealings with plans, lots and common property in the scheme (eg. transfers and mortgages). Landgate provides general assistance in relation to those matters. Other agencies, organisations and industry advisors are better placed to provide assistance on issues concerning managing strata schemes and handling strata disputes.