In late 2018, State Parliament passed a strata title reform legislation package, comprising of:
It is anticipated that the STA will commence operation in September 2019 and the CTA in the first quarter of 2020.
New forms of tenure created
Strata Titles Amendment Act 2018 - Leasehold strata scheme
A new form of land tenure to be created under the STA is leasehold strata.
A leasehold scheme is a built strata or survey-strata scheme for a fixed term of 20 to 99 years, with all the lots in the scheme and the strata leases having the same expiry date.
Leasehold strata will require the approval of the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC).
Community Titles Act 2018 - Community scheme
The CTA introduces a new form of tenure for land and buildings to facilitate more complex or mixed-use subdivision and development within a shared ownership environment.
Underpinning every community title scheme will be a Community Development Statement (CDS) that sets out how the community scheme is to be subdivided and developed.
The CDS will require the approval of the WAPC.
Roles and responsibilities
Landgate has primary responsibility for delivering strata reform to Western Australia and has been working closely with the Department and the WAPC.
An overview of the changes contained in the reform package can be found on the Landgate website.
The WAPC will assist in the delivery of the strata reforms by ensuring the planning system, including policies and processes, are updated to allow applications for the new forms of tenure to be received and determined.
In implementing the strata reforms, the WAPC will consult with stakeholders.
Enquiries on changes in the planning system arising from the strata reforms should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org