Committee Member Code of Conduct

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Did you know that Body Corporate Committee Members now need to adhere to a Code of Conduct? This Code of Conduct was introduced earlier this year with other changes to the Unit Titles Amendment Act 2022. So, what’s included in the Code of Conduct? Steven Garland, Body Corporate/Residents’ Association General Manager outlines the five conduct requirements and how Committees can ensure that they comply.

One of the recent changes to the Unit Titles Amendment Act 2022 relates to a new Code of Conduct for body corporate committee members. The code was introduced on 9 May 2023 and a new section 114A was inserted into the legislation stating:

‘The members of a body corporate committee must comply with the code of conduct for committee members prescribed in the regulations.’

Correspondingly, a new Schedule 1A was added to Schedule 2 of the Unit Titles regulations 2011 and that is the Code of Conduct. The code sets out five requirements that committee members must adhere to in all their dealings as a body corporate committee member.

  1. Commitment to acquiring understanding of Act, including this code.

Schedule 1A states the following requirement:

“A member must have a commitment to acquiring an understanding of anything in this Act and the regulations, including this code of conduct, that is relevant to the member’s role on the committee.”

Whilst most committee members will have been doing this, the code creates a focus on documenting the process. Having members attend training courses offered by industry associations is an excellent option as they provide clear proof of completion. Committee meetings are another practical forum to cover this.


  1. Honesty, fairness and confidentiality

Schedule 1A states the following requirement:

“(1) A member must act honestly and fairly in performing the members duties as a committee member.

(2) A member must not unfairly or unreasonably disclose information held by the body corporate, including information about an owner of a unit, unless authorised or required to do so by law.”

There is a personal responsibility component to this requirement. Reiterating and recording this requirement at the commencement of committee meetings will keep it top of mind for attendees. Throughout meetings the chairperson and body corporate manager should note any concern around actions or proposed actions that they view as breaching this.

Committee meeting documents and all correspondence issued on behalf of the committee, or by individual committee members, may be subject to scrutiny for compliance with this requirement. A document review process prior to issuance is recommended to include vetting for this.


  1. Acting in body corporates best interests

Schedule 1A states the following requirement:

“A member must act in the best interests of the body corporate in performing the member’s duties as a committee member, unless it is unlawful to do so.”

When considering and voting on any item of business that impacts any interest of the body corporate it is paramount for a member to table any concern they may have. In the first instance this requires a member to be active and engaged. Being repeatedly absent from committee meetings or failing to properly prepare by reading the materials for the meeting ahead of time may be considered to fall short of this requirement.

The reference to ‘unlawful’ is also a reminder that members and the body corporate manager may need to advocate obtaining legal advice from time to time. There is a reasonable expectation for both parties that they would identify if an issue has become sufficiently technical or contentious in nature to warrant this step being taken.


  1. Complying with the Act and this code

Schedule 1A states the following requirement:

A member must comply with the Act, these regulations, including this code, and any other applicable legislation relating to matters for which the committee has responsibility in performing the members duties as a committee member.”

An experienced committee will acquire a level of knowledge to confidently attend to day-to-day matters while new committees will require closer guidance from their body corporate manager.


  1. Conflict of interest

Schedule 1A states the following requirement:

A committee member who is eligible to vote must disclose to the committee any conflict of interest the member may have in a matter before the committee.”

Section 114C of the Unit Titles Act 2010 sets out the duty of committee members to disclose a conflict of interest.


Body Corporates Committees working with apm were sent an information pack about the Unit Titles Amendment Act earlier this year which included information on the Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct is an important part of the new legislation and something all Committee Members (existing/new) need to be across. After an AGM, or after any Committee Member changes, it’s a good idea for the Chairperson to share the Code of Conduct information with new members.

Kind regards

Steven Garland

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General Manager – Body Corporate

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