NEW BCCM Regulation Modules Published
30th September 2020
By Office of Commissioner for Body Corporate Qld
The new 2020 BCCM Module Regulations have been published today.
The commencement dates for these changes to each Regulation Module is 1 March 2021
On 29 September 2020, the Governor in Council made the following regulations under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997:
- Body Corporate and Community Management (Accommodation Module) Regulation 2020;
- Body Corporate and Community Management (Commercial Module) Regulation 2020;
- Body Corporate and Community Management (Small Schemes Module) Regulation 2020;
- Body Corporate and Community Management (Standard Module) Regulation 2020; and
- Body Corporate and Community Management (Specified Two-lot Schemes Module) Amendment Regulation 2020.
The new regulations are scheduled to commence on 1 March 2021, giving bodies corporate, unit owners and other stakeholders time to learn about the new regulations and make any necessary adjustments to their processes and procedures.
On commencement, the new Accommodation, Commercial, Small Schemes and Standard Modules will repeal and replace the existing versions of those regulations, which are due to expire under the Statutory Instruments Act 1992.
As you know, the new regulations include a range of beneficial reforms that will streamline and modernise body corporate procedures, reduce body corporate costs and enhance protections for unit owners. The reforms included in the new regulations relate primarily to recommendations made by the QUT about body corporate procedural issues, which were contained in the report titled Final recommendations: Procedural Issues under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997.
Key reforms in the new regulation modules include:
- facilitating electronic voting and electronic attendance at meetings, including the use of ‘live’ electronic voting and remote personal attendance;
- facilitating the use of email and other forms of electronic communication for exchanging information and documents within bodies corporate;
- expanding the documents original owners (developers) must provide to bodies corporate to support effective management of community titles schemes; and
- encouraging early identification and remedy of building defects by requiring bodies corporate to consider a motion to prepare a defect assessment report at the second annual general meeting.
Information about the new regulations is available on the Office of the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management website at: www.qld.gov.au/bodycorp-regchanges
Copies of each of the new regulations, as well as explanatory notes and human rights certificates for each of the regulations, are available at: www.legislation.qld.gov.au