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Our small complex of 7 villas has engaged a strata manager, using the “standard” Strata Community Association agreement with a base fee and then several following pages of schedules containing the “add ons”.
The agreement provides the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 will be complied with by both parties.
The definition of “non-standard work” is that work which is not standard work! The definition of “standard work “ is lacking in the precision I would like to see. How would the prosaic task of gutter cleaning be classified?
Gutter cleaning is within the definition of “construction work” in the Work Health and Safety legislation. The strata agreement defines construction work with no requirement to work above 3 metres as standard work. General maintenance works, including window cleaning below 3 metres is also standard work. The strata agreement includes the proviso that “if there is any inconsistency between Standard Work and Non-Standard Work, the work will be interpreted as Non-Standard Work”.
As the gutter cleaning requires work above 3 metres to be carried out, is it safe to interpret this as non-standard work, with all the consequences under the strata agreement for additional charges by the strata manager and necessity for instruction by the owners corporation to organise the work?
Or is there some custom or practice in the strata management industry to which everyone refers?
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