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We take NSW legislation changes seriously to ensure you’re protected

21 Mar 2017
The PICA Group has been proactively responding to the changes to NSW legislation for two years in advance of it being introduced. You can rest assured you’re protected by Australia’s...

Katie Kelly wins Paralympics gold for Australia

12 Sep 2016
Great news...Katie Kelly won gold for Australia in the PT5 triathlon at the Rio Paralympics. Kelly claimed victory at Rio's Copacabana beach in 1 hour, 12 minutes and 18 seconds across...

PICA wishes Para Olympian Tri-athlete Katie Kelly all the best for the upcoming Rio Paralympics!

18 Jul 2016
PICA Group is proud to be sponsoring the amazing athlete and inspirational speaker, Katie Kelly. Born with a degenerative disease that has slowly downgraded her eyesight to a legally blind...

End of an era with Greg Haywood, PICA Group CEO announcing his retirement

11 Aug 2015
PICA Group CEO, Greg Haywood, today announced his retirement following 14 years with the company. Current PICA Group Chairman, Greg Nash, will replace Mr Haywood as PICA Group CEO and Managing...

A landlord’s safety checklist for rental properties

3 Jul 2015
Security is vital for any property, but especially rental properties. There is always the electric fence or swipe card access option, but these can be cost prohibitive for most property owners....

PICA to expand building management services with Assured Building Management Pty Ltd

27 Nov 2014
PICA Group, Australia’s leading property & strata management company, announced a new 50% shareholder, Nippon Kanzai Co., Ltd, a leading Facilities Management and Engineering services...

Strata Reforms - CHU

14 Apr 2014
The potential ban on paying insurance commissions to strata managers sparked a great deal of concern within the strata management industry. So we were very pleased the Government listened to the...

Application for Mediation

10 Apr 2014
Strata and Community Living often brings people of diverse interests and backgrounds close together. Disagreements and disputes can sometimes arise. Mediation seeks to assist people in strata...

Changes to Swimming Pool Laws

10 Apr 2014
A previous article addressed the amendments to the Swimming Pools Act 1992 ("the Act"). There have been some developments, in which owners of properties with pools may be interested....

MBA students benefit from industry experience

8 Apr 2014
Master of Business Administration students are gaining practical experience through work integrated learning projects. The "Applied Industry Practice" course, a core component of the MBA...

New NBN Factsheet is available

21 Mar 2014
The National Broadband Network (NBN) is currently being rolled out throughout Australia. It is an upgrade to our existing telecommunications network, designed to provide the infrastructure for...

Grace Lawyers Opens Canberra Office

27 Feb 2014
In line with Grace Lawyers goals of providing expertise and superior value to all our customers, Grace has opened up its Canberra office. Set in the busy district of Canberra, the new Grace...

Getting the planning system right

10 Feb 2014
Mention planning and development to anyone who’s undertaken a building project and they will tell you their horror stories of dealing with the planning system. No matter where you are –...

Kids Can’t Fly

14 Jan 2014
The NSW Department of Health is undertaking a massive campaign to prevent more children from being hurt or killed as a result of falling from a high rise apartment window or balcony. In early...

New President for SCA (NSW)

6 Dec 2013
Greg Haywood, Group Chief Executive Officer of the largest strata company in Australia, PICA Group - has been appointed President of Strata Community Australia (NSW). Strata Community Australia is...

Read this before you renovate

5 Nov 2013
Over winter we saw a number of renovating shows hitting our TV screens. This has no doubt prompted a bit of a renovating boom, with some people looking around their homes and deciding it’s time...

Dealing with an emergency in Strata

30 Oct 2013
With the extreme weather conditions experienced in NSW recently, PICA Group and its subsidiary strata companies wants to provide apartment owners and renters with some quick tips to help them sort...

Apartment buyers are failing to do proper property inspection checks

9 Oct 2013
According to recent reports first home buyers, property investors and empty nesters are competing for apartments and in this fast moving property market it pays to be savvy and aware of what...

The ten commandments of harmonious apartment living

26 Sep 2013
Experts have predicted that the population of Australia will grow to 35 million people by 2050. Around half of the population will live in our three major cities; Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and...

To dry or not to dry? That is the question

13 Aug 2013
What’s more important – being environmentally friendly or our apartment blocks looking less messy? While we are witnessing the devastating effects of extreme weather condition...

I want to be a strata manager when I grow up

5 Aug 2013
School leavers who haven’t quite made up their minds about their future careers are being encouraged by PICA Group companies, market leaders in strata and community title management in...

Small Steps to Greener Living

11 Apr 2013
Having witnessed some of the devastation caused by the extreme weather conditions this year, many of us have turned our thoughts to climate change and how we can make a difference in our own lives to...

Pets living the high life

25 Mar 2013
If you believe the absence of a big backyard should prevent people from owning a pet, you may be living in the past according to an Australian pet care organisation, who believes there is no reason...

Increase your apartment’s value with connection to the NBN

14 Mar 2013
Apartment owners are being encouraged to ensure their buildings are registered with a new database established by Strata Community Australia (SCA) specifically to capture details for connection to...

Keeping kids safe

23 Feb 2013
High density housing and community living offer a great lifestyle but can also pose dangers especially for children. Falls from balconies and windows saw 210 children admitted to The Children's...

What’s mine? What’s ours?

16 Feb 2013
House owners have it fairly easy when it comes to the ownership of their homes and surrounding land. They know it’s all theirs and when in doubt a local council or government department will...

Pets living the high life

13 Feb 2013
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 If you believe the absence of a big backyard should prevent people from owning a pet, you may be living in the past according to an Australian pet care...

Electricity prices increase for consumers

11 Feb 2013
Electricity increases took effect in New South Wales from 1 July this year. In New South Wales the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) announced in Aprilin a preliminary report that...

What’s mine? What’s ours?

11 Feb 2013
Monday, February 11th, 2013 House owners have it fairly easy when it comes to the ownership of their homes and surrounding land. They know it’s all theirs and when in doubt a local council...

Taking your community online

14 Oct 2012
Your building community may have already taken the big leap to online communications but if not, here are some tips for starting and maintaining an online community of neighbours. There are a...

Ready for digital TV?

12 Aug 2012
Between 2010 and 2013 analog free-to-air TV signals throughout Australia will be switched off and replaced with digital-only signals. Australia is well on track for switchover, with 82 per cent of...

Dealing with a bully

8 Jun 2012
Almost each day there are terrible stories in the media about a child being bullied at school but this behaviour is not limited to the school yard. Some of those children who are bullies grow up to...

Resolving Disputes

7 Feb 2012
Property owners invest large amounts of their savings into property purchases. This creates an emotional connection to a property, which can lead to owners becoming outspoken when issues arise. ...

High Maintenance

13 Jan 2012
Millions of people around the country live in strata developments. In Sydney alone there are currently over 40,000 strata schemes containing almost 600,000 individual lots. Approximately 28% of...

Major Capital Works In Strata

4 Jan 2012
Thinking about major capital works in your strata common property can be daunting. How does the average strata owner deal with the complexities of aging or faulty major plant and equipment such as...

Recovery of strata managers debt collection fees under Section 80 of the SSMAct - New South Wales

27 Oct 2010
Many strata managers are charging the owners corporation ‘fines’ or ‘arrears notice fees’ and seeking to recover these charges against the lot owner, pursuant to Section 80 of...

Ban the banners

12 Feb 2010
(Queensland) New covenant and body corporate by–law rules (Queensland only) Since 1 January 2010, new and some existing covenants and body corporate by–laws have been prevented...