New strata options for Western Australia - Retirement villages bulletin 16
Update on the retirement village legislation reform process
Submissions to all Consultation Regulatory Impact Statements (CRIS) are now closed.
We would like to thank all stakeholders who provided feedback during the consultation period of the retirement village reform process. You can view the CRIS 1-4 papers on the Retirement village law reforms 2019 - 2021 website page.
You can register via email to receive further updates on the reform process.
If you have any queries about the reform process please e-mail Consumer Protection WA.
2 September 2021
New strata options for Western Australia
As part of strata reforms in recent years, the Community Titles Act 2018 (WA) (CT Act) came into effect on 30 June 2021. To accommodate the new laws, minor changes have been made to existing retirement village laws.
What is a community scheme?
The new laws introduce a community scheme as a new form of land tenure in Western Australia. A community scheme allows a parcel of freehold land to be subdivided in a way that creates several individual schemes. This is differs to the usual strata laws which only allow for the creation of one scheme for each parcel of land.
Community schemes will offer:
- the ability to subdivide land and buildings in the one scheme;
- provide fairer and more flexible governance and common property management options; and
- the ability to share infrastructure between schemes.
What has changed for me?
The minor changes to the retirement village laws include the insertion of community title related terms, as well as references to the CT Act. This includes an update to Form 1 of Schedule 1 of the Retirement Villages Regulations to reference the new laws. If you are an operator, you will need to change the documentation you provide to potential residents to comply with the new Form 1.
If you have any queries about the changes to the Form 1, please contact Consumer Protection by telephoning 1300 304 054 or email.
More information about community titles, including managing a scheme and buying or selling a lot, is available on the Landgate strata reform page. If you have any queries about community titles, please contact the Landgate strata enquiry line on 9273 7047 or by email Landgate customer service.
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