COVID-19 – Complete Guide for Strata
April 23, 2020
Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information provided is up to date and correct, the rapidly changing nature of this pandemic and introduction of new initiatives and Government advises may make some information in this guide redundant.

The Great Strata Challenge
SCA (NSW) is the peak representative body for the broad strata sector in NSW.

As the realisation sinks in that firmer lockdowns and isolation rules are already here, we must now quickly turn our minds to how our high-density ecosystem will support, sustain and survive such intense demands. Over 2 million people in Australia live in strata communities that were originally designed for lifestyle, amenity, and convenience. We are now forced to shelter in our apartments and home, and the need for adaptive solutions to work with our strata communities has never been more critical. The economy is being placed into hibernation, but strata cannot hibernate. We are facing an unprecedented challenge and must have a coordinated effort to get through this.

Strata are communities of people. There will be cashflow challenges, compliance issues and behavioural problems. Most of these will have no precedent, legislative solution or rule book. We cannot forget that strata is still inflicted by past problems of defects, flammable cladding, behavioural challenges, and complex compliance obligations. These have not gone away- they are ever-present reminders of the minefield that await strata communities juggling isolation and adaption to today’s problems and tomorrow’s unknowns.

The strata industry is responding like it never has. We are under revenue pressure like all businesses in today’s economy, with services and resident demand under intense strain for innovation, solutions and support. We’re up for challenge and will need communities to support these endeavours. Strata Community Association (NSW) as the peak representative body in strata is collaborating with State, Federal and international counterparts to implement virus control strategies to educate and support our members. We are lobbying Government, creating resources, streaming webinars and advocating solutions – at a business level, the same resourcefulness is being applied to craft solutions for clients.

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