Window lock legislation commenced

Window Lock Legislation Commenced

A recent string of accidents involving children falling from windows in apartment blocks has led to changes in the National Construction Code.

Under the building code changes, as of 1 May 2013 all new apartment blocks in Australia will be required to have window locks fitted, preventing windows from opening more than 12.5cm. Under s30 of the Building Act 1975 (Qld), all new buildings, in order to be certified, must comply with the Building Code of Australia.

Read more from body corporate body SCA (Qld)’s  media release.

The changing face of QCAT

JP’s to Constitute QCAT matters in 6 Month Trial

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Justices of the Peace) Amendment Bill has been passed on 30 April 2013.

The amendments for now will facilitate a six-month trial enabling two justices of the peace to constitute the QCAT to hear and decide minor civil disputes with a value of $5,000 or less and non-urgent residential tenancy matters.

The trial will be conducted over six months commencing June 2013 at Brisbane, Ipswich, Southport, Maroochydore and Townsville. Read more in the explanatory notes and the bill.

Is your suburb ready for the NBN

Details of suburbs ready for the NBN are now available and you can register your property.

Suburbs are:


If any of your properties are in these locations please CLICK HERE NOW to register.

Object to your land valuation

Time is running out to object to the latest land valuation that determines your land tax amongst other things,

Follow this link below:

Further information can be found using the following link:




REIQ and RP Data Join Forces

Recent announcement that the REIQ has a new strategic alliance partnership with property data powerhouse RP Data.

This partnership will allow the REIQ to reach new heights of data analysis that will ultimately benefit the marketplace. Extending beyond this, plans for new joint research publications as well as educational opportunities between the REIQ and RP Data are in the works.



Tenants – how to get that bond back?

Getting your bond back is not a mysterious challenge, it is about being organised.

It is in both the tenants and landlords interest to look after the property and by doing so during the course of your lease, getting your bond back can be fairly straight forward.

We have found a great link on that gives some handy tips.
Click here to see more