New practice directions for dispute resolution service

In early April I will issue 11 new practice directions for internal dispute resolution and the dispute resolution service.

The new practice directions will join the 22 practice directions issued in 2009. Practice directions may be made by the commissioner pursuant to section 233 of the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997.

The 11 new practice directions cover a range of issues including internal dispute resolution, debt disputes, the process for seeking authority for alternative insurance arrangements, complex disputes and standing of parties. Once issued, the practice directions will be available on the Justice Department’s website at

Information seminars – I am pleased to announce details of the BCCM Office’s 2012 body corporate information seminars. The seminar program will be conducted around Queensland in late April and early May 2012.

As well as providing general information about bodies corporate and how to avoid and resolve disputes, the free seminars will also give an overview of the Body Corporate and Community Management (Specified Two-lot Schemes Module) Regulation 2011 (the two-lot module) that commenced on 28 February 2012, and the 11 new practice directions mentioned above. Current and prospective owners, occupiers, committee members, and anyone else involved in community titles schemes, are invited to attend.

Details of the seminars are as follows:

Sunshine Coast

Date Monday 23 April

Time 10:00am – 12:00pm

Venue Maroochy Surf Club, 36 Alexandra Parade, Maroochydore

Gold Coast

Date Friday 27 April

Time 10:00am – 12:00pm

Venue Currumbin RSL, Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin


Date Monday 30 April

Time 10:00am-12:00pm

Venue Holiday Inn, Cnr The Esplanade & Florence Street


Date Tuesday 1 May

Time 10:00am – 12:00pm

Venue Jupiter’s Townsville Hotel, Sir Leslie Theiss Drive

Brisbane southside

Date Thursday 3 May

Time 10:00am – 12:00pm

Venue Carina Leagues Club, 1390 Creek Road, Carina

Brisbane northside

Date Friday 4 May

Time 10:00am – 12:00pm

Venue Kedron Wavell Services Club, 375 Hamilton Road, Chermside

Please email the Commissioner’s Office on [email protected] or call 07 3227 7899 to register your interest in attending one of these seminars, or for more information.

Of course you don’t need to wait for a seminar to get more information on body corporate issues. Our website has a wide range of publications and online training modules. And our knowledgeable Information Service staff can respond to individual queries about the body corporate legislation on free call 1800 060 119 or in writing.

Robert Walker

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