Safety is everyone’s business. And as a Committee Member on an Owners Corporation you may have additional legal responsibilities you may not be aware of. Those duties include keeping up to date with, and adhering to, all applicable laws. This includes planning; building; fire andRead more
Safety is everyone’s business. And as a Committee Member on a Body Corporate, you may have additional legal responsibilities that you may not be aware of. Work Health & Safety laws apply to any Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU). This means that if,Read more
The tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 has vital, life-saving lessons for everyone who lives and works in a multi-storey building in Australia. Fire Safety Audit The first step is for communities to commission a fire safety audit – especiallyRead more
This year has seen Australia pummelled by a number of severe storms — and long-range weather forecasters are predicting a summer of wild weather with a number of cyclones expected. Now is the time to plan a storm management plan to keep residents safe andRead more
One of the most important duties a Resident Unit Manager (RUM)/Property Manager must fulfil is ensuring their scheme is fully up to date with workplace health and safety requirements. And the most effective way of ensuring this occurs is by dealing with problems early. UnderRead more
Buying the management rights is an exciting business opportunity, but it also comes with a great deal of responsibility. While keeping the common areas tidy, the lawns mowed and holiday lets tenanted are self-evident duties, there are other responsibilities that a Resident Unit Manager whoRead more
Amongst the many responsibilities that fall to a resident unit manager, one of the most important is ensuring their scheme is fully up to date with workplace health and safety requirements. Under current nationally harmonised workplace health and safety legislation, everyone who finds themselves inRead more
The recent New South Wales Coroner’s report into the 2012 death of a Sydney woman tragically highlights the dangers of failing to maintain fire safety standards in residential towers. Two women were forced to jump from a fifth floor balcony as their Bankstown apartment was consumed by fire. One was killed and the other seriously injured.Read more
In July 2008 the Queensland Government introduced the Building Fire Safety Regulation. The legislation applies to all buildings in Queensland except free standing houses, townhouses and sheds.
The legislation is largely focused on the duties and responsibilities of the owner of the building. In strata communities, the body corporate is the owner of the building. As the body corporate is constituted by all lot owners of the building, the duties, responsibilities, and penalties for non-compliance under the legislation fall squarely with the body corporate i.e. all lot owners.
Fire doors are installed to Australian Standard (AS) 1905.1. It references fire doors as the complete assembly (fire door set). A fire door set includes the frame, door and hardware fitted to the door set. The Australian Standard requires that all fittings to the fireRead more