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Owners Groups


Owners Corporation Network (ACT) - the association of unit owners and owners corporations established to further a range of interests and concerns related to medium-density living in the ACT.

Body Corporate Matters, QLD - aims to keep Queensland unit and townhouse owners up to date on everything that the body corporate should be doing.  Provides committee training and advice.

Unit Owners Association of Qld Inc - promoting and protecting the rights and lifestyles of unit owners in Qld.

Queensland Body Corporate Association - provides a conduit for education, a forum for providing public information, and an email Helpdesk. Membership is available to unit owners and industry. 

Property Owners' Association of Australia - represents the interests of private residential landlords.  Particular focus on boarding houses.

We Live Here - represents all Victorian residents living in high-rise and low-rise residential apartment buildings and townhouses, with a focus on short term letting.



Canada - Vancouver Island Strata Owners Association

Ireland - Apartment Owners Network

New Zealand - Body Corporate Chairs' Group

South Africa - South African Property Owners Association



Building Manager Accreditation

Australian Building Management Accreditation (ABMA) is the governing organisation developing and regulating the ABMA Building Management Code (Code), which is the industry-specific guidebook to existing legislative standards and best practice requirements for maintenance of common property in Australia and New Zealand. 


DIY Strata Management - online DIY strata management tool to self-manage your strata.  Easy and effective handling of everything from financials to minutes to communication within your strata community.  Includes 2 hours professional support each year. - an online 'Village Square" for residential communities to connect.  If you can email you can use this online program.  Supports people in meeting, sharing resources, and promoting community activities.


Energy & Cost Savings

Wattblock - Reduce your building's energy usage. Start saving in 10 minutes!

Smart Blocks - Useful toolkit for strata buildings to develop their own energy saving programme.  Save energy, save money.


Keeping Pets in Strata Schemes - an easy to read NSW Law Society summary of your rights and obligations.


Strata Finance

Strata schemes have three options for funding large expenditure items:  the sinking fund, a special levy, and unknown to many, strata finance.  Loan repayments are incorporated into quarterly strata levies.

Lannock Strata Finance - a specialist strata finance company that will lend to owners corporations for renovations, rectifications, asset building, premium funding and litigation.

Macquarie Relationship Banking - funds strata improvement loans. 


Publications / Videos

Apartment Living: The Complete Guide to Buying, Renting, Surviving and Thriving in Apartments - a book full of cautionary tales, hilarious anecdotes and useful information on how apartment dwellers, whether they are renters or owners, can have comfortable, enjoyable and profitable lives.

Buying into a strata scheme? (NSW Office of Fair Trading)

Living in a community scheme (NSW Office of Fair Trading)

Strata Living (NSW Office of Fair Trading)

Window & Balcony Safety (NSW Office of Fair Trading)


Industry & Other Bodies

Australian Window Association - the national body for window and door products.  AWA provides independent advice to consumers and offers a dispute resolution service should something go wrong.

Australian Waterproofing Association - represents the interests of the total industry in raising the standard of waterproofing in Australia.

Fire Protection Association of Australia - supports and represents accredited and competent practitioners working across all disciplines of the fire protection in the building and construction industry.  FPA is a strong advocate for improved professionalism of the industry.

Master Electricians Association - sets the benchmark of excellence for the electrical contracting industry, working to ensure Master Electricians possess and continue to retain the skills that keep them at the forefront of their industry.

Master Locksmiths Associationindependent professional body recognised as the peak organisation for locksmithing professionals, prividing a wide range of locksmithing and security services in the Pacific region.

Master Painters Association - using an accredited Master Painter will ensure that you get the highest standards of trade craftsmanship and ethical business practice, including expertise in Lead Paint and Asbestos and Sustainable Painting Practices.

Master Plumbers Association - a resource to find a suitably qualified and licensed contractor.  

Strata Community Association - the national industry body for the strata industry. Its membership is made up of strata managers and suppliers of products & services to the Strata Industry (formerly known as the Institute of Strata Title Management).

Swimming Pool & Spa Association - Members of SPASA include leading pool builders, manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, technical servicemen, subcontractors, installers, consultants and other allied trades, all of whom set themselves apart from the rest of the industry by setting standards of skill, workmanship and ethical business behaviour in the best interests of pool and spa owners.

UNSW City Futures Research Centre - Australia’s leading urban policy research centre aims to advance the understanding of Australia’s cities, their people, the policies that manage their growth, and their impacts on our environment and economy.


Government Bodies NSW

NSW Fair Trading - T: 13 32 20

- Consumer information for owners, landlords, tenants, strata schemes.

NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) - T: 1300 006 228

The Consumer and Commercial Division of NCAT resolves a wide range of everyday disputes such as tenancy and other issues relating to residential strata property, and disputes about the supply of goods and services.

Building Professionals Board - T:  02 9860 1800

- The BPB is an independent NSW government authority which accredits and regulates certifiers in NSW.   


Legal Assistance

LawAccess NSW - T:  1300 888 529

- is a free government telephone service that provides legal information, referrals and, in some cases, advice for people who have a legal problem.


Community Land Development Act 1989

- facilitates the subdivision and development of land with the advantages of both conventional and strata lots. It deals with plan requirements, plan registration, changes to the subdivision and dealings with the lots

Community Land Management Act 1989

- sets out the system for managing community schemes, precinct schemes and neighbourhood schemes in NSW, and a system for settling disputes

Community Land Management Regulation 2007

- provides operational and administrative support to the objectives of the Community Land Management Act 1989

Strata Schemes (Freehold Development) Act 1973

- provides a system of title which gives exclusive ownership of partof a building knownas a 'lot', and supporting rights over other parts of the building known as 'common property'

Strata Schemes Management Act 2015

- applies to strata schemes in NSW. It sets out the regulatory framework for the management of strata schemes by their owners and estabishes a dispute resolution process

Strata Schemes Management Regulation 2016

- provides operational and administrative support to the objectives of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015


Other Resources

Community Schemes (NSW Land and Property Information)

Community Schemes (NSW Office of Fair Trading)

Galsworthy - issues in Sydney for strata living


Strata Schemes (NSW Land and Property Information)

Strata Schemes (NSW Office of Fair Trading)

What Members Say

"The whole strata community owes a huge debt of gratitude to you and the OCN executive. Much appreciated."

Robert, Darlinghurst

"I am very pleased with my membership of OCN, the discussions through sharing emails is very valuable in increasing my knowledge of strata living, the laws and EC responsibilities. I think I am better armed to tread the minefield of the managing agent responsibilities and the necessary action of the EC to monitor the contradictory interests of the agent."

Jim, Wollstonecraft

"I so appreciate being part of the OCN email forum. It provides a great opportunity for sharing ideas and learning"

Ingrid, Neutral Bay

"I must say that I have enjoyed and found consolation in the discussions that have been part of the email chain (forum). I did attend one general meeting and found that it was informative and the people "running the show" were knowledgeable and dedicated to the tasks that had taken on. In short, well done. You and the committee have and continue to support the Strata Community in a very professional manner."

Greg, Parramatta

"Nothing is easy in Strata World and we have been in building defects “mode” for some years – hopefully almost at an end but that process has been most demanding and difficult but again – greatly helped by the experience and wise counsel of other members of OCN."

Pat, St Leonards

"Keep up the good work, as many (if not most) strata schemes need your help, advice and representation at all levels of government."

Jann and John, St Ives

"I belong to OCN because of its professionalism.  I have found the meetings I have been to extremely well presented, to the point, and of course very topical and informative. Speakers on the whole certainly know their topic.  My role of Secretary last year was certainly assisted with the coverage regarding TPG & other subjects. Member newsletters are also of benefit as the topics are specific to strata matters."

Graham, East Balmain

I have enjoyed attending the quarterly OCN meetings and the exchange of emails between other Executive Committee Members and think OCN is playing an increasingly important role as a voice for strata dwellers and representing us at Government level. I wish the organisation continuing success in the future."

Pauline, Kings Cross

"The [forum] response to my question was amazing and really useful.  The OCN community is wonderful so thanks."

Jenny, Killara

"I would like to thank you all for the important effort that you are all putting in to look after apartment owners and tenants. It is so valuable and you are heroes. I would not have been able to deal with my duties as a strata chairman without your advice and assistance." 

Angela, Mascot

"The OCN is invaluable – many thanks."

Bill, Surry Hills

"OCN is proving invaluable"

Sue, Neutral Bay

"Thanks to all at OCN for your continuing efforts to keep us up to date with current strata information and has been very helpful to us"

Kate, Coogee

"When my wife & I first encountered a problematic Executive Committee I heard that OCN was a great help (from a Strata manager whom I knew) so we both joined and have gratefully used the on-line information sources. We continued to happily rely on OCN’s assistance when we progressed to Committee status & later as Chair & Secretary of our Committee. I still use OCN in my current role as Treasurer."

Peter, Chiswick

"Thanks to OCN for being such a rich resource of trustworthy information about strata matters."

Peter, Chiswick

"I wanted to extend my personal thanks for the very informative & interesting event today. The OCN team did an outstanding job in the organisation of this event & I enjoyed it thoroughly. The quality of speakers, the flow of conversation & interaction from the attendees - first class …& of course, the amazing Jimmy T - always a delight."

Sue, Epping

"OCN does a great job in providing a really valuable service to Strata owners."

Lois, Wollongong

"I am sure my appreciation of your good works is echoed by many in the Stratasphere. Keep up the good work."

John, Elizabeth Bay

"The OCN is probably one of the best, most informed and most informative groups I have been involved with."

Alan, Maryville

"Once again, being able to discuss such things through this forum, helps clear the mind, puts things into perspective and helps one to understand their rights and to form a strategy if needs be. As a simple EC member trying to do what is in the best interests of lot owners, I truly value OCN and am grateful."

Pamela, Point Lookout