Strata FAQ: Who’s Responsible? Victoria


SSKB recommends body corporate and woenrs corporation committees scheduling important safety inspections

Welcome to a new feature in your SSKB Committee Newsletter.
Each edition we will be taking a frequently asked question received by our community managers and share them with you. This is part of our commitment to providing education and support for body corporate and owners corporation committees across Australia.
If you have a question that you’d like to see featured here, then let your community manager know. We’d love to hear from you.

Question:
In a strata community whose responsibility is it to arrange for safety and compliance inspections.

I’m talking about things like: asbestos inspections, fire appliance inspections, swimming pool inspections, safety inspections, electrical inspections.

How often should these inspections take place?

Answer:
The Committee, as authorised and delegated by the Owners Corporation. As Owners Corporation Managers, however, we track these compliance matters and bring them to the attention of the Committee with sufficient time in which to enact a decision so as compliance continues.

  • Asbestos: Check for its presence once in buildings built prior to 1/1/2004. If it is present:
    • Prepare an asbestos register.
    • Prepare an asbestos management plan and review it at least once every 5 years.
  • Essential Services Inspections (i.e. fire safety): in all applicable instances this is required annually
  • Swimming Pool Inspections: Not mandated in Victoria.
  • OHS Inspections: There is no regulated timeframe for these other than showing ‘due diligence’. We recommend every 12-24 months
  • Maintenance Plans: a requirement for ‘prescribed’ OCs; optional for ‘non-prescribed’ (based on size of lots or income generated)
  • Insurance valuations: a requirement for ‘prescribed’ OCs; optional for ‘non-prescribed’. Where required, must be updated at least every 5 years.


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