Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Former Minister for Finance; Commerce; Small Business

    Views canvassed on strata manager licensing

    25/11/2011 12:00 AM
     
    • Consultation period begins on licensing of strata managers in WA
    • Discussion paper sets out three options to consider
    • An industry-driven initiative 

    The State Government has released a discussion paper on the issue of licensing strata managers in Western Australia.

    Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien said the release of the discussion paper began a four-month consultation period, ending on February 29, 2012, seeking a range of views on the issue.

    “It is important to note that this is an industry-driven initiative,” Mr O’Brien said.

    “Currently only New South Wales and the Northern Territory require strata managers to be licensed.  In WA, two previous parliamentary inquiries and an independent review on the subject recommended greater regulation in this area.

    “The options put forward in the discussion paper include licensing strata managers, regulation without licensing and maintaining the status quo.

    “If a licensing regime is to be introduced, there needs to be consideration of whether all strata managers will require a licence or whether there is a threshold where smaller, low-risk strata complexes can be managed without a licence.

    “Strata title has become an increasingly popular form of ownership in the WA property market and strata owners have a reasonable expectation that their property will be managed properly and in a transparent manner.  The Government will consider the views of respondents on our discussion paper when deciding our policy on this issue.”

          Fact File
    • Strata titles make up about a third of all forms of titles registered in WA
    • Consultation period runs from October 31, 2011 to February 29, 2012
    • Discussion paper can be viewed online at: http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumerprotection, or a copy can be sent on request by phoning Consumer Protection on 1300 30 40 54
    Minister's office - 9213 6400