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Step 1 Draft the By-Law

Using DIY By-Laws you can easily add your lot details, select what areas you are renovating and attach the relevant plans to create a by-law and motion instantly! Your by-law will describe any impact there may be to common property (for example, waterproofing in bathroom, moving plumbing or external walls).

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Step 2 Before the Meeting

You will now need to give your draft by-law and consent form to your strata manager to be included in the agenda for the next annual general meeting. If there is not one coming up anytime soon, ask your strata manager the fee to call a meeting.

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Step 3 The Agenda

The strata manager will attach your motion to the agenda and be sent out to owners in your strata scheme 21 days before the meeting.

Make sure you have also given your consent form to the strata manager before the meeting.

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Step 4 The General Meeting

Your motion will be discussed at the AGM and details will be reviewed. Then a vote will be taken by all owners attending (and via proxy) the AGM on your motion. This will be specially resolved and you will get approval or could be asked to provide changes or more detail. A majority vote will get this approved.

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Step 5 Consolidation

Once this has been resolved, the new by-law needs to be added to full list of by-laws, thereby consolidating the new one with the existing by-laws.


DIY By-Laws can assist you with this step too!

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Step 6 Registration

The new by-law must be registered with Land Registry Services within 6 months.

A lawyer, your strata manager or DIY By-Laws can also assist you with this step.

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Step 7 Start Your Renovation!

Now that you have completed all the necessary steps you can start your renovations.


Privacy Policy

1. Introduction

DIY By-laws is a division of Bannermans Lawyers (“the Firm”) is a Sydney based legal practice, operated by David Bannerman, specialising in strata and development, construction and construction insurance law. The Firm’s activities (“Activities”) include:

This policy sets out how the Firm will collect, hold, use or disclose personal information about an individual. This is governed by the Privacy Act 1988 (“Act”), Privacy Regulation 2013 (“Regulation”), the Australian Privacy Principles (“APP”) under the Act and confidentiality and other ethical obligations under the Legal Profession Act 2004 NSW, the NSW Professional Conduct and Practice Rules 2013 and the general law. The Firm is committed to complying with its obligations under these laws and will only collect, hold, use or disclose personal information as set out in indicated in this policy, with your consent or as otherwise required or authorised by law.

The law and associated technology change constantly and for that reason and others, the Firm reviews its policies from time to time, including this policy. The latest version will be published and available to view on the Firm’s website.

2. What personal information does the Firm collect and hold and for what purposes is it collected and held?

“Personal Information” means information or an opinion about an individual which identifies the individual or from which the individual could reasonably be identified, such as an individual’s name, contact details, employment history and assets/liabilities.

“Sensitive Information” means the Personal Information which is health, genetic or biometric information or which concerns an individual’s race or ethnic origin, political, religious or philosophical beliefs or affiliations, membership of professional or trade associations or trade unions, sexual preferences or criminal record.

Generally, the Firm collects only Personal Information, which is not Sensitive Information. However, it may at times be necessary to collect Sensitive Information about an individual in order to carry out properly our Activities. In those cases, the Firm will only collect sensitive information about an individual where reasonably necessary for the Firm’s Activities and with the individual’s consent.

The Firm may collect Personal Information, reasonably necessary for the Firm’s Activities, relating to:

The kinds of Personal Information collected by the Firm include:

The purposes for which the Firm may collect personal information include:

The Firm will not collect Personal Information which it does not need, but if the Firm were unable to collect Personal Information which it does need, the Firm may be unable to undertake its Activities or to satisfy its obligations, including:

Wherever lawful and practical for the Firm to do so, the Firm will allow individuals to deal with the Firm on an anonymous basis or using a pseudonym. This may be the case when individuals make general enquiries about the Firm’s legal services or participate in online surveys. However, the Firm will generally being required to identify individuals or individual representatives of organisations proposing to contract with the Firm or engage the Firm to provide legal representation and may be unable to contract or accept engagement to provide legal representation if such individuals are not identified.

3. How does the Firm collect and hold personal information?

The Firm may collect Personal Information about an individual when:

Generally, the Firm will only collect personal information about an individual where:

However, there will be situations which it is in unreasonable or impractical to collect Personal Information from the relevant individual, in which case we may obtain it from a third party, such as a spouse or partner, an organisation with which the individual has a relationship or a court, tribunal, council or other entity performing functions under any legislation. This may include situations in which, in order to confirm satisfaction with a seminar or other event provided or sponsored by the Firm or to promote education or reform within the strata title sector, the Firm considers it appropriate to collect names and contact details for individuals who may be participants in such seminars or events or stakeholders in the strata title sector.

In these cases, the Firm will take reasonable steps to ensure that the individual is aware that the information has been collected and the basis on which the information will be held, used and disclosed, including the option of requesting that no further communications be sent to the individual.

The Firm will deal with unsolicited personal information and personal information which is no longer required in accordance with the requirements of the act, including where required and lawful, by destroying or de-identifying the information. However, the Firm is obliged by law and ethical obligations to retain most records for a period of time specified by law.

4. How does the Firm maintain and secure Personal Information?

The Firm takes reasonable steps to ensure that:

However, the Firm can only update Personal Information in light of circumstances of which the Firm is aware and depends on individuals in relation to whom the Firm holds Personal Information to advise the firm of any change in their circumstances warranting amendment of the Personal Information held by the Firm.

The Firm takes reasonable steps to protect Personal Information which it holds from misuse, interference, loss, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. This includes:

5. How does the Firm use and disclose Personal Information?

The Firm uses and discloses Personal Information only for the business purposes for which it was collected.

The Firm may use and/or disclose Personal Information, including Sensitive Information, as follows:

In the case of Personal Information being used for the purpose of reporting on Bannermans Lawyers activities, promoting education and law reform within the strata title sector or advising clients and others with whom the Firm has dealings of legal developments and events which may be of interest to them, this will generally be in the form of a newsletter, e-mail or message by other communication technology, with an option to request no further communications. To make that request, an individual should send an e-mail message to that effect to the Firm’s privacy officer, contact details for whom are set out at the end of this policy.

It is unlikely that the Firm would disclose Personal Information to an overseas recipient. However, this can occur where:

6. How can individuals access and seek correction of personal information held by the Firm?

Individuals, in relation to whom the Firm holds Personal Information, have the following rights under the Act:

If you wish to exercise one of those rights, please contact the Firm’s privacy officer, using the contact details set out at the end of this policy. The Firm’s privacy officer will consider and respond to your request within a reasonable time.

If your request relates to access to Personal Information about you held by the Firm, the Firm’s privacy officer will advise you:

Given the extent and complexity of the records kept by the Firm, as well as the confidentiality and other obligations owed by the Firm in relation to those records:

7. How can an individual complain about a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles and how will the Firm deal with such a complaint?

If you wish to make a complaint about how the Firm has collected, held, used or disclosed Personal Information about you, please contact the Firm’s privacy officer, by post or e-mail, using the contact details set out at the end of this policy. You should at that time provide all information which the Firm’s privacy officer might require in order to consider your complaint.

The Firm’s privacy officer will consider and respond to your complaint within a reasonable time. Generally, provided that the Firm’s privacy officer has received all information required in order to consider your complaint, that response would be made within 28 days of receiving your complaint. The Firm’s privacy officer will let you know if further information is required and if so the timeframe within which he or she expects to respond to your complaint.

8. How can an individual contact us or request further information?

Further information about the Act and APP can be obtained from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (“OAIC”):

Further information about how the Firm collects, holds, uses or discloses Personal Information can be obtained by contacting the Firm’s privacy officer, using the following contact details:

The Privacy Officer
Bannermans Lawyers
L7/2 Elizabeth Plaza
North Sydney NSW 2061

DIY-By-Laws New and Improved

Bannermans DIY By-Laws now includes our own personal guide! Once you have created your own motion and by-law, our by-law team will guide you through the platform to complete the final steps and have your registration and consolidation created all through one easy to use platform.

Any issues or questions?
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Our Clients Say…

“I found it yesterday and have now finished the draft and sent on to my Strata Manager for approval at next AGM. You have saved me a lot of money to allow me to do it myself which I greatly appreciate.”

Caroline Wood, Owner

“Easy to use & so much better priced than having a lawyer doing it. Highly recommended!”

Nicholas Coyle, Owner

“Bannerman’s DIY By-Law program was a huge help to getting our project started quickly via strata approval. Rather than spending time and money with lawyers to draft one up, we were able to very easily move through the online By-Law creation and submit it same day for approval! This is a no-brainer solution to an otherwise slow and frustrating process.”

Dean Macro, Owner

“I have used Bannermans DIY by-laws 4 times in the last 12 months and had great results. The process is simple for anyone to use and can be completed in less than 30 minutes no problems. All 4 have been successfully passed and I would happily use this service again.”

Tom Clifton, Property Manager

“I found the Bannerman’s DIY By-Laws quick and easy to use. Bannermans’ follow up offering further support was also a great part of the service. My Strata Committee wanted to make some additions to the proposed by-law, and Bannermans promptly provided a word copy to facilitate this.”

Gavin Jones, Owner

What is DIY By-Laws?

Bannerman’s DIY By-Laws was created to assist owners with their renovations and allow them to create their own motions and by-laws instantly online. This innovative tool guides you through a series of steps to allow the user to generate their required documents at a fraction of the cost.

This simple to use platform has been created by Bannermans Lawyers, Australia’s leading strata law firm, to save you on the legal fees commonly occurred during this process.

How much will it cost?

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$299.00 incl. GST

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