Since 2016, regulations under the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 have made it easier for strata owners to make cosmetic or minor changes to their property. Previously, all renovations required a special resolution with a 75% majority from the owner’s corporation in order to be approved. Now under s109 of the Act cosmetic changes such as painting, installing hooks or screws, or laying carpet do not require approval and minor renovations listed under s110 such as renovating a kitchen, installing air conditioners, installing hard floors or reconfiguring walls only require a general resolution (50% majority).
Major work is considered any work not laid out in the Act as either cosmetic or minor and will still require approval via a special resolution from the owner’s corporation. This often includes any changes to the buildings appearance, renovating bathrooms and other larger renovations that may affect the common property of the owner’s corporation.