Legislative review of BCCM Act vital for MR industry growth

The ongoing review of the Body Corporate and Community Management Act is likely to contribute significantly to the stimulus of the Queensland and national economic first quarter year reports.

Record applications for new density living construction projects in centres throughout Australia targeting both the holiday, tourist and permanent modern lifestyle living apartments has continued be a major key economic driver across the nation. Major projects involving billion dollar developments and requiring special legislation have featured in the headlines as local and global investors target Australia as the safe international holiday destination along with combing permanent density living complexes for retiring baby boomers.

Construction cranes and new complexes are not only confined to capital city precincts, but in the tourist centres on the Australian coastal destination and in redevelopment of strategic historical industrial sites conveniently located to transport and new suburban lifestyle facilities.
ARAMA members based in tourist centres have been reporting solid holiday support during the 2014-15 summer with ongoing support forecasting solid winter and spring bookings.

It is very timely that the review of the Body Corporate and Community Management Act continues, with the first discussions paper released and submissions received and now being reviewed before the final two technical papers are released for further review. Parliament seeks to review legislation every seven years to ensure that it remains relevant and in keeping with future changes in the economic and technical needs and planning and demographic demands which are occurring across the State and the nation.

The Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee headed by chair Mark Furner – member for Ferny Grove, Jon Krause – member for Beaudesert, Jim Madden – member for Ipswich West, Tony Perrett – member for Gympie, Tarnya Smith – member for Mount Ommaney and Rick Williams – member for Pumicestone will review the legislative proposals and invite further submissions regarding the draft legislation before making formal recommendations to the parliament for the full debate on the legislation and all its clauses.

In the past ARAMA has made presentations to the Parliamentary Committees on legislation through the committee process and we have already submitted a comprehensive response to the QUT Property Unit which has been assisting the Office of Fair Trading and the Commission of the BCCM.

It is interesting that this year will also see the review of the state electoral boundaries that also occurs very seven years and ensures that that there is a regular opportunity to make sure all eligible voters have a say in their regional administration.

For ARAMA and its members, guided by an association’s constitution that as remained static for the past 25 years, it has been been decided that with so much development within the resident management industry- a l review of ARAMA’s rules and constitution was also a timely exercise to ensure 21st century relevance, The ARAMA constitution was initially development as a regional group based on the Gold Coast and then registered under the Associations Act to comply with the state legislation and to ensure that branches around the state would be formed and have representation and responsibilities under a state based constitution.

The Commonwealth Organisation of Australian Governments was formed to replace the role of the old annual Premier’s Conference as the operational secretariat and established to look at formal strategies to bring more national issues under common legislation across Australia where relevant included in its remit the property industry.

Whilst this had been pioneered in the 1970s with the creation of Medicare and other universal issues such as smoking and food quality and to develop common regulations, COAG was created in 2005 and it was then expanded to develop common regulations opportunities in 19 occupational groups that practice across the nation.

One of those areas involved the property industry and as a result, QRAMA made the commercial decision to be involved with the COAG program and be involved in that national licensing program in the various sectors of the property industry. The name change from QRAMA to ARAMA enabled the MR industry to project a more national and unified focus across a broader range of issues.

ARAMA’s strategic management committee is being guided by an independent advisor in regards to the review of the rules and constitution for members across the nation. In the upcoming months, our members will be provided with the details of the revised rules and constitution.

We will seek the approval of members in due course to have a constitution which meets the needs of all our members with a more current and national structure in line with the continuing growth of our industry and its professional need and obligations.

There are exciting times ahead for ARAMA and its members. More information will be brought forward to members as soon as it is available.


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