Strata title reform

Strata legislation in Western Australia is being reformed through the introduction of a new legislative package.

Overview

In late 2018, State Parliament passed a strata title reform legislation package, comprising of:

  • Strata Titles Amendment Act 2018 
  • Community Titles Act 2018 
  • consequential changes to the Planning and Development Act (among other Acts).

These documents can be found in the Strata Document Library

It is anticipated that the Strata Titles Amendment Act 2018 will commence operation in the first half of 2020. The  proposed Regulations for the the Community Titles Act 2018 will be presented to Parliament by mid-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 Strata Titles Amendment Act 2018 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 Community Titles Act 2018 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 that sets out how the community scheme is to be subdivided and developed. 

In preparation of the drafting of the Regulations for the Community Titles Act 2018, the Department is seeking feedback on key planning and development provisions of the Community Titles Act 2018.

Online feedback form

Submissions close at 5pm, Friday 28 February 2020.

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 strata.wa.gov.au 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.

Contact

Enquiries on changes in the planning system arising from the strata reforms should be directed to stratareform@dplh.wa.gov.au 
 

Page last reviewed 23 January 2020
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