Community Schemes are being introduced into Western Australia. They are a new option for subdividing a single parcel of freehold land into multiple community titles schemes that together are called a community scheme.
Community schemes already exist in other states including New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland. In WA they will introduce new definitions, concepts, structures and processes.
Community schemes will not replace strata and survey-strata schemes which will still operate under the Strata Titles Act 1985. Strata and survey-strata schemes cannot be combined with community schemes. Community schemes will not include leasehold schemes.
It is intended to introduce community schemes to Western Australia by new legislation, called the Community Titles Bill 2018.
Development of community schemes
A community scheme will have one or more community titles schemes.
Management of community schemes
A community scheme may have two or three tiers of community titles schemes and they will be managed as a hierarchy.
Dispute resolution in community schemes
The State Administrative Tribunal (Tribunal) will be the one stop shop for resolving disputes between parties in community schemes if the parties have not been able to resolve the dispute themselves.
Buyer information in community schemes
A buyer will be buying a property in a community titles scheme that is one of multiple schemes in the community scheme.
Safeguards for the termination of community schemes
There is a process that must be followed to terminate a community scheme.
This information has 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 the information presented is accurate at the time of publication. Because this information avoids 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 or proposed legislation. The contents should not be relied on as a guide for current or future legislation relating to strata title or community title in Western Australia or in relation to current or future subdivision or development proposals, commercial transactions or dealings in strata title.