Body corporate decisions are called resolutions.

Most decisions are made by ordinary resolution or special resolution. They are usually made at meetings and must be in writing.

Ordinary resolution

Most decisions are made by ordinary resolution. An ordinary resolution needs at least 50% of votes to pass.

Special resolution

There must be a special resolution if there will be a significant effect on unit owners. A special resolution needs at least 75% of votes to pass.

Some examples are:

  • increasing or changing levies
  • borrowing money.

Designated resolutions

Some decisions are important to everyone involved in the complex. These are called designated resolutions and may include decisions on:

  • the property itself (eg, selling or buying common property)
  • matters that affect owners financially (eg, redeveloping units or common property).

If passed, the body corporate will notify:

  • all owners
  • anyone with a registered interest in the complex.

If you object to the decision, complete the below form within 28 days. You should get advice from your lawyer before objecting.

Form 27 – Notice of objection to designated resolution [DOC, 39 KB]

Designated resolutions (Unit Titles Act) (external link)

Voting

Each principal unit has one vote. Votes are not rounded up.

As an example, if there are 10 principal units and only 7 owners vote:

  • A special resolution will need 5.25 votes (75%). To pass there must be at least 6 votes in favour.
  • An ordinary resolution will need 3.5 votes (50%). To pass there must be at least 4 votes in favour. 

To vote you must be over 16 years old and:

  • A principal unit owner or their representative, or
  • the nominee or proxy of the registered owner or their representative, or
  • a subsidiary body corporate representative

You cannot vote if you have unpaid levies due to the body corporate.

If you disagree with a resolution

If you were at the meeting and voted on the matter, you can request a poll. In a poll, each vote is weighted according to the ownership interest. A person with a larger interest has more of a say than a person with a smaller interest. The result of the poll then becomes the resolution.

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