Body Corporate Committees – Free Guide

A body corporate is a legal entity which is created when land is subdivided, most commonly in the form of apartment buildings or townhouses within the same community.

The body corporate is given powers under each State and Territory legislation to carry out its duties.  A body corporate:

  1. maintains, manages and controls the common property on behalf of owners
  2. decides the amounts to be paid by the owners to make sure the body corporate can operate
  3. makes and enforces its own rules, called by-laws, which tell owners and other people who live in the scheme what they can and cannot do
  4. takes out insurance on behalf of owners, such as public risk insurance over the common property and building insurance
  5. manages and controls body corporate assets
  6. keeps records for the body corporate, including minutes of meetings, roll of owners details, financial accounts, registers of assets, improvements to common property by owners, engagements and authorisations.

The body corporate makes decisions about these and other things at general meetings and through committee meetings, so while all owners of title within the community are members of the body corporate, a committee is elected at each AGM to manage the day to day affairs on behalf of all owners.

At Johannessen Legal we have created a brief guide to the roles and responsibilities one would find on a committee in order to assist committee members in carrying out their duties.

FREE DOWNLOAD – Committee Handbook