What are my obligations?
Since July of 2009, all Australian strata schemes are required by law to have a 10-year sinking fund plan in place. In Queensland, this is provided for under Section 146 (1) of the Body Corporate and Community Management (Standard Module) Regulation 2008, which states that ‘The body corporate must establish and keep an administrative fund and a sinking fund.’
A sinking fund is designed to help owners’ corporations of strata schemes grow their financial reserves in order to cover future capital expenditure. By regularly putting aside money, a sinking fund ensures that property owners in a strata scheme don’t have to pay large, one-off levies whenever an expensive emergency cost arises.
Sinking fund forecasts need to be carefully considered in order for the financial burden of funding capital works projects to be shared equitably among all owners in a strata scheme. Having a financially stable scheme is vital for older buildings and for ensuring the value of lots in the property for owners who wish to grow their equity or eventually sell the asset.
Chapter 7 of the Body Corporate and Community Management (Standard Module) Regulation 2008 regulates financial management and under Part 5 prescribes the duties and parameters of Body Corporate responsibility for Administrative and Sinking Fund collection, investment and use.
SIE are also able to adhere to the obligations for long-term asset management for properties registered under the Building Units and Group Titles Act 1980 and complex layered schemes within Queensland.