State Administrative Tribunal

Strata Titles

On 1 May 2020 WA’s new strata titles laws commenced operation.

The Strata Titles Act 1985 continues operation, but with major amendments which took effect on 1 May 2020.

The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) is now essentially the ‘one stop shop’ for strata disputes, with a limited number of exceptions. One exception is the recovery of unpaid levies by strata companies, which will remain with the courts.

If an application has been filed with SAT before 1 May 2020, it will continue to be dealt with under the provisions of the Strata Titles Act 1985 as they were prior to the amendments taking effect.

If an application has been filed with SAT on or after 1 May 2020, it will be dealt with under the amended provisions of the Strata Titles Act 1985.

A certificate under s 77B of the Strata Titles Act 1985 is no longer required to be submitted with an application, because that provision has been repealed.

How can I obtain information or advice about strata titles matters?

The provisions of the Strata Titles Act 1985 and the Strata Titles General Regulations 2019 are available from the West Australian Legislation.

SAT is not able to provide advice on strata titles matters. SAT is a decision making body that deals with applications made to it under the Strata Titles Act 1985.

General information on strata titles is available at Landgate Strata Titles. The information on the Landgate Strata Titles website should not be regarded as legal advice.

If you require legal advice in relation to a strata titles matter, you will need to consult a lawyer.

Applying to SAT

From 1 May 2020 the easiest way to make an application to SAT under the Strata Titles Act 1985 is by an online application form, using the eCourts Portal.

Simply select the 'State Administrative Tribunal - Online Forms' link on the eCourts portal home page and that will direct you to the correct application form, and to information to assist you to complete your application.

If you wish to start an application go to the eCourts Portal.

Required Supporting Documents:

  1. A recent copy (search), not older than 10 days, of the whole of the relevant strata plan or survey-strata plan, which can be obtained from Landgate.

    This is to enable the Tribunal to ascertain the legal name of the strata company, the boundaries of the lots and common property and all current by-laws of the strata company (which is why it has to be a recent search)
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  2. A copy of each notification of change of by-laws and any management statement which is registered on the strata plan or survey strata plan (which are shown in the ‘Schedule of Encumbrances, etc.’ of the strata / survey-strata plan), which can be obtained from Landgate. Each of these must be filed as a separate document.

    This is to enable the Tribunal to have a copy of all the current by-laws of the strata company.

  3. If the applicant is an owner, a recent copy (search), not older than 10 days, of the certificate of title for the lot on the strata / survey strata plan of which the applicant is the registered proprietor (owner), which can be obtained from Landgate.

    This is to enable the Tribunal to check that the applicant is a current owner (which is why it has to be a recent search) and is correctly named in the proceeding and that the applicant’s lot is correctly identified.

  4. If the applicant is a strata company, a copy of either the minutes of a meeting of the council of the of the strata company or the minutes of a general meeting of the strata company which record the passing of a resolution to make the application, with the specific item in the minutes which records the resolution identified.

    This is to enable the Tribunal to be satisfied that the application has been properly authorised by the strata company.

Did you know you can now lodge supplementary documents through the eCourts Portal?


Last updated: 6-Aug-2020

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