There are moves afoot to merge the eight state and territory based organisations for strata management into a national body with state territory branches. Apparently this is planned for 1 July 2011.
I commend this for the simple reason that without a national body for strata management, we cannot hope to have a uniform set of strata laws operating nationally, something I believe to be in the best interests of all involved in owning and managing strata titles.
With the best will in the world, the new strata body will have a lot of work ahead of it to secure uniform national legislation. This has been hard to achieve in higher profile areas such as corporation laws and the criminal code. The road to national laws to regulate lawyers and occupational health and safety has also been a bumpy one and the parties are not quite there yet. So for the strata title concept, which so far has ranked low on the political agenda, there might be a decade of work ahead until this compellingly logical proposition becomes a reality. Such is life in a country of many governments like ours.
In the meantime, there is much to be done in lifting standards across the board and this starts with training. It seems to me a lot of attention has traditionally gone into ‘how to’ training as course designers have been constrained by state legislative terms and practices. There might be much more to be gained by a focus on ‘why’ training. Teaching strata professionals why we do things a certain way is a higher order of thinking and may just add the extra dimension we need to lift standards across the board.
Like our founding fathers, credit should be paid to those who have bought nationalisation thus far for their foresight and persistence. The results of their efforts will not be immediate but are likely to be immensely important.