What is Owners Corporation Management?

What is Owners Corporation Management?

Do I have to be part of an Owners Corporation?

If you own a property affected by an Owners Corporation (formerly known as Body Corporate) then you automatically become a member of that Owners Corporation. Most owners corporations in Melbourne and across Victoria will often elect to employ an owners corporation management company.

Flat, apartments, units, townhouses, and commercial estates generally involve an Owners Corporation and owners of such property are usually members of an Owners Corporation, previously known as a ‘Body Corporate’. All Bodies Corporate became known as Owners Corporations on 31 December 2007, when the Owners Corporations Act 2006 [Victoria] came into force. This law sets out the duties and powers of Owners Corporations Management Melbourne.

An Owners Corporation is automatically created when a plan of subdivision containing common property is registered with Land Victoria. Examples of common property may include gardens, swimming pools, tennis courts, passages, walls, pathways, driveways, lifts, foyers, and fences.

As a member, you have legal and financial responsibilities to the Owners Corporation.


What is a Body Corporate or Owners Corporation?

An Owners Corporation is a body that collectively manages a multi-occupancy subdivision of a building or land. An Owners Corporation is created when subdividing any property into two or more lots. This includes properties classed as residential, retail, commercial, industrial or mixed use.

The term Owners Corporation is the new term for the old familiar Body Corporate. The Owners Corporations Act 2006 [Victoria] came into effect on the 1st of January 2008. The Act introduced a new framework for the management of multi-occupancy subdivisions and introduced the term ‘Owners Corporation’. The change of name was intended to bring the Victorian legislation into line with the terminology used in other states and to emphasise that an Owners Corporation existed to represent the interests of lot owners.


Functions of an Owners Corporation Management

The standard functions of an OC include:

  • Repair and maintenance of the common property, fixtures and services;
  • Maintain correct insurance, including compulsory public liability insurance;
  • Provide general management and administration of land and buildings;
  • Enforcing the Regulations and Rules of the OC; and
  • Provide statutory certificates to owners or prospective purchasers (Form 4 certification).


Owners Corporation Rules

The Act includes rules governing meetings and resolutions, the nomination of the committee and manager, duties and rights of lot owners and the prescribed dispute resolution process.

An OC may make additional rules by passing a special resolution (see below). These additional rules may then only be amended or revoked by special resolution.

If an OC does not make its own rules, the model rules apply as set out in Schedule 2 of the Owners Corporation Regulations 2007. The model rules are a brief outline of the responsibilities of the OC and lot owners.


Decision Making

Decisions or resolutions of the Owners Corporation fall into 3 categories or levels. The nature of the item being decided upon will determine whether the resolution will be an Ordinary Resolution, Special Resolution or Unanimous Resolution.


Type of Resolution Majority Purpose

Ordinary Resolution is resolutions of the Owners Corporation whereby 50% of eligible votes are required to pass the resolution.

Special Resolution is resolutions of the Owners Corporation whereby 75% of eligible votes are required to pass the resolution. A Special Resolution is generally needed for deciding on matters such as setting annual fees, extraordinary expenditure, additional fees, leasing or licensing of common property etc.

Unanimous Resolution are resolutions of the Owners Corporation whereby  100% of eligible votes Includes: selling or buying common property; altering boundaries; altering lot entitlement or liability


To find out more about the Owners Corporation Act 2006 or owners corporation management in Melbourne visit https://www.legislation.vic.gov.au/

The contents of this article or website are only intended to provide a general overview of the topics discussed. The author of this article makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information and the information is not intended to constitute investment, legal or professional advice. You should seek professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content. This article does not contain references to any specific company, organisation or individual, unless expressly specified.
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