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REIWA backs the proposed educational requirements put forward by Landgate for strata managers, due to come into effect as part of the reforms to the Strata Titles Act.
The current proposal will require the owner of a strata management company to hold a Certificate IV in Strata Community Management, and strata managers to have completed eight units in the Certificate. This will mean Western Australian strata managers
are the most qualified in the country and brings the sector into line with the rest of the WA real estate industry.
The new requirements will also enable those with existing property qualifications to upskill by completing strata specific units to complement their existing qualifications.
REIWA President Damian Collins said the proposed educational requirements would set WA apart from the rest of the country while making strata management an attractive and accessible career path with plenty of opportunity for progression.
“These mandatory qualifications will raise the standard of strata professionals, while also allowing the industry adequate time to adjust by allowing those already working in the industry time to obtain the relevant qualifications,” Mr Collins said.
“The tiered system currently in place for property management and sales is effective in ensuring adequate knowledge and qualifications for each role, as well as establishing a clear line of responsibility. Requiring a tiered qualification for strata management
will ensure a better consumer protection outcome for customers.
“This is the best way forward for the industry and will allow strata managers to continue to meet the needs of residents while also ensuring the sector is able to adapt to meet changing needs in the future.
“Proposals by a small minority in the strata sector to impose onerous educational requirements will simply reduce competition and lead to higher costs for consumers. Real estate agents have demonstrated they can manage strata complexes, small and large,
and I am sure many will continue to do so in the future.”
REIWA has been a vocal advocate for strata reform over the last decade and will continue providing the real estate industry’s perspective on the proposed reform.
For more information on the proposed reforms or to have your say, visit www.strata.wa.gov.au.
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