Strata WA President’s Report – June 2018 (SCA WA)
Another financial year done and dusted, and what a productive one it has been in the strata sector. We held our End of Financial Year social sundowner last Friday evening which was a great opportunity for our members to reflect on the past year and celebrate our achievements.
For those of you who were unable to join us, here’s a recap of the key milestones that SCA WA has reached over the past 12 months:
1) Our membership grew from 589 to 794.
2) We overhauled our Constitution and changed our name to Strata Community Association WA to support the expansion of the SCA brand to New Zealand and potentially other countries.
3) We welcomed new board members Leanne Wahlert & Jarad Finneran, and farewelled long standing board member Leonie Milonas who had come to the end of her term on the board, but thankfully will be continuing her involvement in the education space.
4) North Metropolitan TAFE was approved to offer the Certificate IV in Strata Community Management through a traineeship program. We expect enrolments to open very soon.
5) A Strata Management Practice Standard (SPS) was adopted and implemented after 10 years in the making. WA are leading the way in this space with other states around Australia and even New Zealand looking to follow us, which will make this a national or even an international program.
6) We finished extensive consultation with Landgate on the Strata Titles Amendment Bill and introduction of the Community Titles Bill. Although the final outcomes of that consultation are not yet know, we have certainly influenced the process for the better and many of our key priorities have been met.
7) We updated our Position Paper which confirms our strong support for the reforms but equally identifies some key areas that we believe are lacking, not the least of which is Licensing for Strata Managers.
8) In the past month we have met with the shadow Minister for Lands, Liza Harvey, and also with the Nationals to encourage their support of these bills and explain our positions.
9) We have attended numerous Cladding Audit Stakeholder Group meetings with Building and Energy (Building Commission) and have been an integral part of connecting them with our members to progress this issue. We will be continuing to advocate in this space for ways to minimise the potential financial burden on property owners.
10) Our WA Award Winners were recognised as Finalists at the first event National Awards in Hobart.
11) The board developed our Strategic Plan for 2018-2020. If you haven’t already seen it, you can find it here.
12) We held 13 professional development events (several of which were sold out), 7 owner education events, 3 social events, our largest Symposium yet, our first formal awards gala and our first overseas Principals Retreat.
We will now end the financial year on a high with the Strata Titles Amendment Bill and Community Titles Bill having been read in to Parliament yesterday, 28/06/18, after more than a twenty-year journey.
These are fantastic accomplishments for an organisation with only two staff, and they are made possible by the numerous volunteers who dedicate their time. They are also made possible by the support of our members and sponsors. We can’t achieve all of this for the industry on our own, but together we have a strong voice and we thank you all for helping us to make that voice stronger.
What’s on the horizon for 2018-19?
A recent data report commissioned by SCA Ltd and developed by the University of NSW has given us the first ever snapshot of the size of the industry nationally. The report paints a picture of 2.6 million strata lots across 316,000 schemes with a total asset value of nearly $1 trillion, spending $5.7billion on maintenance and a further $900million on professional services. All of this is managed by only 9,000 strata managers.
There is no doubt that the strata sector will continue to rapidly evolve which presents exciting opportunities for SCA WA, our members and sponsors in 2018-19.
Here is a snapshot of what we can expect:
1) With the Strata Titles Amendment Bill and Community Titles Bill now introduced in to Parliament, we hope that the next stages for the bills will progress quickly when Parliament returns from winter recess. We will be offering comprehensive education workshops to our members once the bills have been passed.
2) We will have the first and second intakes of applications for SPS Certification.
3) SCA WA will be introducing our Leadership Series for the Principals and managers of our business members (both strata managers and service providers). This is a great initiative that we’re excited to offer exclusively to our members. If you haven’t already registered, we have limited places still available. Contact the office to register.
4) Our Convention & Awards Gala will be held 22nd-23rd November 2018 at Crown and is set to be the biggest and best yet. Registrations open soon.
I look forward to working with you all for another great year.
SCA WA President