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History & Purpose

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Australian College of Strata Lawyers Inc (ACSL)

The College, formally known as the Australian College of Community Association Lawyers (ACCAL), was founded in 2006 by Gary Bugden OAM (together with some like-minded legal practitioners). The College represents an association of the leading legal practitioners in the area of law relating to community living in the form of community title, group title or strata title schemes. In March 2018 the College changed its name to Australian College of Strata Lawyers Inc.

The College comprises of Fellows, Members, Academic Members, Associate Members, Government Members and 3 Life Members. Within our numbers are the authors of most of the leading Australian texts and research papers on this subject, as well as those practitioners who, through their body of professional work, publications and presentations, are recognised as the leading practitioners in this area of law. Our members can offer those working in this area, including government, valuable advice and assistance.

Our members variously represent all stakeholders in the area including owners, occupiers, owners corporations/bodies corporate, community associations, managing agents, building managers, governments, consent authorities, developers and financiers. Our members chose to operate under a collegiate model because our association is not aligned with any particular industry and represents no vested economic or political interests.

The College is a self-governing association of practitioners which seeks the development of laws for the common good and to achieve the highest standard of good governance under those laws. Our membership represents a significant resource available to government and all stakeholders in the development of strata law and areas associated with its professional interests.

Objects of the College

The principal objects of the College are to -

  • Establish and administer to the highest standards a system of specialist accreditation for lawyers skilled in the Discipline
  • Promote the highest standards of professional practice
  • Facilitate research and dissemination of research materials on all aspects of the Discipline
  • Foster a collegiate relationship among accredited specialists and other members
  • Promote public awareness and knowledge of the Discipline
  • Work in a non-political way to improve laws relevant to the Discipline
  • The College has a public interest focus and over time it is expected to build a substantial body of knowledge and skills in this important and expanding area of the law.

Founding members

The founding members of the College are - 

  • Michael Allen
  • Francesco Andreone
  • Paul Brotchie
  • Gary Bugden OAM
  • Sharon Christensen
  • Ros Janes
  • David Le Page