• Offered by ANU School of Legal Practice
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online

The proportion of Australians living in stand-alone houses is fast shrinking.  These changes have tested the applicability of Australian Strata title legislation that first emerged in NSW in 1961.

This course guides you to explore the most recent policy initiatives, cases and the range of related legislation and regulations that you have to consider when working with strata titled properties. The focus of the course will be on the ACT and NSW but students may have opportunities to do other comparative work on the strata titles in other Australian jurisdictions.

At a practical level, the course helps you identify and consider the issues dealt with by developers, vendors, business people and clients wanting to develop, buy, manage, sell, or use strata titled properties and, in doing so, develop your understanding of the relevant regulators, regulations and laws.

You will be challenged to research and consider matters relating to strata titles on the widest possible canvas: you will not only be able to work toward minimising risk when offering advice but also be sufficiently informed to engage in legal and community debates about, and reviews of, the future of strata titling and its management in Australia.

Topics in the course may include: 

  • Overview of strata title legislation and related regulations in Australia and the issues that are driving law reform.

  • Key strata property cases that have, along with other matters, affected strata title building use, management and development.

  • The policy issues relating to strata title use, development, management and re-development under active consideration in various jurisdictions.

  • The variations in the jurisdictional contracts used when developing, selling, purchasing or leasing, residential, commercial and mixed use strata title properties and the skills to interpret them.

  • The impact of legislative reform on the community and prevailing concepts of property rights and social justice.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Identify, explore and research the laws relating to residential, commercial and mixed use strata titled properties and the issues driving legislative reform, in at least two Australian jurisdictions
  2. Compare and contrast the practices followed to convey, manage and lease residential, commercial and mixed use strata titled properties in at least two Australian jurisdictions
  3. Identify and critically examine the range of perspectives that inform the policy issues created by strata titling for residential, commercial, or mixed use properties and how they are incorporated into legislation and regulatory practices.
  4. Synthesise and explain complex information on legal, practical and relevant commercial considerations of selling, owning, using and managing residential or commercial or mixed use strata titled properties that arise in the contracts used for the sale of such properties.
  5. Identify, investigate, contextualise and reflect on the general information clients, developers, buyers, vendors and users require before venturing to develop, sell, buy or use residential or commercial or mixed use strata titled properties.
  6. Research and evaluate a complex client problem on a specific development, or sale, or purchase of a residential, or commercial, or mixed use strata titled property and apply knowledge of the relevant laws to create an accurate piece of advice.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assessment will include selections from the following indicative pieces of assessment, so that the assessments add up to 100% for the course. There will be 3 assessment assignments comprising the following indicative requirements and values: (100) [LO null]
  2. 1. 20% Research based interactive forum contributions. Students to prepare two pieces, (no more than 500 to 800 words), on selected topics. (20) [LO null]
  3. OR (null) [LO null]
  4. 20% Risk minimisation checklist. Students to prepare a list of key topics with an explanation no more than 1600 words, as a lawyer advising on the sale, or purchase, of a strata title unit would. [ILOs 1, 2, 4 and 5] (20) [LO null]
  5. 2. 40% Critical Analysis. Students to write a research essay (no more than 3,200 words), analysing key strata title policy issues or cases. [ILOs 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6] (40) [LO null]
  6. 3. 40% Client Advice Research paper. Students to produce a client advice or submission on the sale or purchase of strata titled property/ies (no more than 3,200 words). [ILOs 1, 2, 4 and 6] (40) [LO null]

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This is a 6-unit course, which is considered to have the equivalent full time student load (EFTSL) of 6/48 = 0.125.  The number of hours allocated to an EFTSL of 0.125 is 10 — 12 hours per week.

This is a wholly online course. It will require continuous online participation throughout the course, as students will be required to participate in discussion forums and other activities in order to satisfy course completion requirements.

Students will study online and, where provided, may be expected to participate online in Live Classrooms on Adobe Connect, participate in any group activities and in individual research and studying.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300XSINTL), Master of Laws specialising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SEVNL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312XLLMLP), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL); OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; OR Juris Doctor - online (MJDOL) and have completed LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B. Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number.

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6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
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