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Dispute Resolution: State Administrative Tribunal (SAT)

By December 20, 2019May 15th, 2020No Comments

The Strata Titles Amendment Act, which came into effect on May 1st 2020 makes it easier for strata disputes to be heard by one party in a quick and effective manner.

Previously, strata disputes in WA were heard in four different forums – three different courts and the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT). With the new changes, disputes will be resolved efficiently and at less cost with SAT becoming the ‘one-stop-shop’ for strata disputes.

What is SAT:

SAT is an independent tribunal that is less formal and has more flexible procedures than those used in traditional courts. Under the reforms, SAT will become the ‘one-stop-shop’ for strata disputes.

Under the changes SAT will now:

  • Be given broader powers to resolve scheme disputes (STAA Part 13 sect 197)
  • Be able to enforce an order to act (eg compliance with bylaws) and apply a monetary penalty (sect 207)
  • Be able to override existing scheme bylaws (sect 208)
  • Be empowered to more easily enforce by-laws (STAA Part 4 sect 47(5))

This is a more cost-effective and efficient solution for all parties. It creates broader powers for SAT to resolve scheme disputes, apply penalties and easily enforce by-laws.