Friday, April 6th, 2012 - Strata Community Australia (WA)
Western Australia’s industry association for the entire strata titles sector, Strata Community Australia (WA), has just this year introduced new categories for membership and is now inviting owners of strata properties to join the organisation.

The new categories include provisions for strata companies as well as owners of strata properties alongside existing membership categories which include strata managers and suppliers to the strata industry.

President for SCA (WA) Mrs Ida Smithwick said the introduction of the new membership categories were in response to the needs of strata owners in Western Australia.

“Owners living in strata properties face significant challenges in learning about the many facets of properties that fall within a strata titles scheme and understanding the obligations of owners, legislation and insurance issues can be really difficult,” she said.

“We introduced this new category earlier this year in the hope of providing appropriate support to strata property owners in what can be a quite complex role.”

Owner members will have access to information and education and from July 2012 access to a general advice line, providing them with access to experts who can provide professional advice on matters affecting management or use of a strata titled property.

“We will also be running member education sessions, aimed specifically at owner members. These seminars will be designed to educate owners on strata matters such as insurance, financial reports and the appointment and role of a strata manager – all areas we find owners are keen to know more about,” Mrs Smithwick added.

One year’s membership to SCA (WA) as an owner member costs just $49.50 per annum, a small price to pay according to SCA (WA)’s first owner member, Ms Maureen Lissiman. Mrs Lissiman owns two strata lots – one in Busselton and one in Kalbarri and said she joined SCA (WA) as she was eager to learn more about how to look after her strata titled property and ensure it was being managed correctly.

“Up until now as an owner of a strata property I have had to rely on the expertise of my strata manager for information. I really wanted to be more informed and take more of an active role in understanding strata titles here in WA and what my responsibilities were as an owner,” she said.

“Finding the right information out there can be a real minefield and being able to have access to education sessions and a member advice line is something I think owners of strata title properties have been wanting and needing for a long time.”

Mrs Smithwick said she thought the new membership categories were an important step in ensuring SCA (WA) represented the needs of the Western Australian strata community.

“The growth in strata titled properties has been huge in the last 12 months. There are more than 58,000 strata companies in WA now and the number is steadily increasing.

“It is essential that as the professional body representing this industry in WA that we continue to meet the needs of the people who are involved in strata properties – whether that be owners, managers or suppliers,” Mrs Smithwick said.

More information about membership and application forms can be obtained by visiting wa.stratacommunity.org.au or by phoning the SCA (WA) office on 9361 0411.

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Strata Community Australia (WA)


SCA (WA) is an affiliate representing Strata Community Australia in Western Australia.

Strata Community Australia was formerly known as the National Community Titles Institute. The new brand and brings together its affiliate members - the Institute of Strata Title Management (NSW), Community Titles Institute of Queensland, Owners Corporation Victoria, Community Titles Institute of South Australia, Strata Titles Institute of Western Australia and Strata Management Institute of the Australian Capital Territory – under one name, one brand and a new constitution and governance structure.

There are about two million strata and community title lots in 270 000 schemes across Australia. According to the 2006 Census, 22.5 % of Australian households were in medium and high density dwellings. SCA affiliates have approx 2 500 member companies and individuals.

SCA (WA) brings together people who manage strata schemes, live in strata communities, and those who provide services for them.

It is also provides education, advice and advocacy to enable better understanding of the regulations, obligations and owners’ rights.
Lorelei Campbell, Soapbox PR
P: 0432 163 334
W: wa.stratacommunity.org.au

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