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Community schemes law reform

Topic: Regulation

NSW Fair Trading is seeking feedback on a range of reforms to modernise and improve community schemes laws.

What's this about?

The NSW Government is modernising community schemes laws. The new laws will provide residents and commercial occupants with modern, flexible and democratic governance arrangements.

Public feedback is sought on two draft Bills which introduce the proposed reforms presented in the 2014 Community Schemes Law Reform Position Paper.

These Bills will align community schemes laws with the major 2015 strata reforms and incorporate feedback from the implementation of the strata laws.

Key measures in the Bills include:

  • improving transparency and accountability in the way schemes are managed
  • providing greater flexibility to deal with association property
  • simplifying dispute resolution within schemes
  • reducing red tape by targeting the documents needed to be lodged with a plan
  • encouraging greater participation of scheme members, owners and tenants, including through the use of technology.

People impacted include those in community, precinct and neighbourhood schemes, which also covers rural subdivisions and large closed communities. There are about 1400 community schemes operating in NSW.

The Bills are expected to be introduced into Parliament in 2020.

Have your say

There are three ways you can submit your feedback:

  • Online: consultation website
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Mail: Community schemes law reform consultation
    Regulatory Policy, Better Regulation Division
    NSW Department of Customer Service
    Level 5, 2-24 Rawson Place
    Haymarket NSW 2001

Have your say by 28 February 2020.

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