Instructions for using the OCN Forum | Owners Corporation Network

Instructions for using the OCN Forum

OCN Members can post new topics or replies to the OCN Forum via the website or via email - and can optionally 'Subscribe' to receive email 'Notifications' (emails) of other people's posts. 

To Login to the OCN website, simply:

Type in your email address. If you have forgotten your password, click on the Request New Password tab above and choose a password (you can change this password any time you want).

 

Using the Forum via the OCN website

To Start a New Discussion

  • Log in to www.ocn.org.au with your username (your email address) & password (click Request New Password if you've forgotten it)
  • Go to Forum on the home page, top right
  • Click on the Forum you wish to participate in
  • Click on "New Discussion"
  • This brings you to "Create Forum Discussion" template form
  • Enter a Subject to name your Topic
  • Enter your comments and click on "Save"
    • If you are asking for eg a referral, outline the location, size and age of your scheme
  • Your post will be emailed to everyone who is subscribed to the forum
  • The main subject will be that of the Topic
  • Other subscribers can reply either online or by email 

To Reply to a Forum post

  • Log in to www.ocn.org.au with your user name & password
  • Go to Forum on the main menu 
  • Click on  the Forum you wish to participate in and then Click on your chosen Topic
  • OR click a link in the email, if you have received an email
  • Scroll down the page to "Post a New Comment" at the bottom 
  • Enter a Subject if you wish and write your Comment
  • Click on "Save"
  • An email will be sent to everyone
  • The main subject will be that of the Topic
  • Any further subject heading you have added will appear with your comment
  • Others can reply either online or by email 

 

Access the Forum Using Email

Warning:  

  • Does not allow attachments.  
  • Long urls will be cut off. You can use Google URL shortener to simplify a url.
  • If you use emoticons (eg smiley faces) your post will appear blank.

     

To Start a New discussion

  • Create a new email and send to forum@ocn.org.au
  • Choose a meaningful title for the Subject Line
  • All Forum subscribers will receive your email
  • Your name and email address is visible.

 

To Reply to an email

  • Choose "Reply" as you would for any other email
  • The "To" addressee box is automatically selected as forum@ocn.org.au
  • Your email is automatically sent to every forum subscriber ( there is no need to hit "Reply all" )
  • If you want to reply privately to the sender, simply go to the forum on the website (you will need to log in) -
    1. Click on Forum, top right of your screen.   
    2. Click on their name in their post to go to their contact page. 
    3. Click on the Contact tab to bring up an email form to email them.
  • Note - the Email Subject does not change throughout the life of the discussion
    • this is to indicate that all subsequent discussion relates to the original discussion Topic - in email and on the web - for archiving purposes
    • However you can add a 'Reply Subject' if you wish by just changing the subject of your reply
    • This is shown to others inside the body of your email, or on the web it will appear as the subject of your reply
  • if you want to change the Topic -  feel free to start a New discussion!

 

Why Not Subscribe to the Weekly Digest?

Every Wednesday you'll be emailed digest listing the week’s new posts and replies. Click on anything of interest to go to the full post stored on the OCN website. You'll need to log in to read more as this is members-only content, but it’s easy (simple steps below)!

To subscribe to the digest, simply:

  1. Login to OCN Website ​(click Request New Password if you've forgotten your password)
  2. On your user page, go to 'Newsletters'
  3. Click 'Manage subscriptions'
  4. Click 'Owners Corporation Network Forum Digest'
  5. Save
  6. If you are already subscribed to the forum, then you need to unsubscribe here so you don't get every email PLUS the weekly digest!

That's it.  A click through list of the week's conversations delivered to your inbox in a single email.  You choose if you want to read more.  Sound good?  

 

 

What Members Say

"The whole strata community owes a huge debt of gratitude to you and the OCN executive. Much appreciated."

Robert, Darlinghurst

"I am very pleased with my membership of OCN, the discussions through sharing emails is very valuable in increasing my knowledge of strata living, the laws and EC responsibilities. I think I am better armed to tread the minefield of the managing agent responsibilities and the necessary action of the EC to monitor the contradictory interests of the agent."

Jim, Wollstonecraft

"I so appreciate being part of the OCN email forum. It provides a great opportunity for sharing ideas and learning"

Ingrid, Neutral Bay

"I must say that I have enjoyed and found consolation in the discussions that have been part of the email chain (forum). I did attend one general meeting and found that it was informative and the people "running the show" were knowledgeable and dedicated to the tasks that had taken on. In short, well done. You and the committee have and continue to support the Strata Community in a very professional manner."

Greg, Parramatta

"Nothing is easy in Strata World and we have been in building defects “mode” for some years – hopefully almost at an end but that process has been most demanding and difficult but again – greatly helped by the experience and wise counsel of other members of OCN."

Pat, St Leonards

"Keep up the good work, as many (if not most) strata schemes need your help, advice and representation at all levels of government."

Jann and John, St Ives

"I belong to OCN because of its professionalism.  I have found the meetings I have been to extremely well presented, to the point, and of course very topical and informative. Speakers on the whole certainly know their topic.  My role of Secretary last year was certainly assisted with the coverage regarding TPG & other subjects. Member newsletters are also of benefit as the topics are specific to strata matters."

Graham, East Balmain

I have enjoyed attending the quarterly OCN meetings and the exchange of emails between other Executive Committee Members and think OCN is playing an increasingly important role as a voice for strata dwellers and representing us at Government level. I wish the organisation continuing success in the future."

Pauline, Kings Cross

"The [forum] response to my question was amazing and really useful.  The OCN community is wonderful so thanks."

Jenny, Killara

"I would like to thank you all for the important effort that you are all putting in to look after apartment owners and tenants. It is so valuable and you are heroes. I would not have been able to deal with my duties as a strata chairman without your advice and assistance." 

Angela, Mascot

"The OCN is invaluable – many thanks."

Bill, Surry Hills

"OCN is proving invaluable"

Sue, Neutral Bay

"Thanks to all at OCN for your continuing efforts to keep us up to date with current strata information and advice...it has been very helpful to us"

Kate, Coogee

"When my wife & I first encountered a problematic Executive Committee I heard that OCN was a great help (from a Strata manager whom I knew) so we both joined and have gratefully used the on-line information sources. We continued to happily rely on OCN’s assistance when we progressed to Committee status & later as Chair & Secretary of our Committee. I still use OCN in my current role as Treasurer."

Peter, Chiswick

"Thanks to OCN for being such a rich resource of trustworthy information about strata matters."

Peter, Chiswick

"I wanted to extend my personal thanks for the very informative & interesting event today. The OCN team did an outstanding job in the organisation of this event & I enjoyed it thoroughly. The quality of speakers, the flow of conversation & interaction from the attendees - first class …& of course, the amazing Jimmy T - always a delight."

Sue, Epping

"OCN does a great job in providing a really valuable service to Strata owners."

Lois, Wollongong

"I am sure my appreciation of your good works is echoed by many in the Stratasphere. Keep up the good work."

John, Elizabeth Bay

"Once again, being able to discuss such things through this forum, helps clear the mind, puts things into perspective and helps one to understand their rights and to form a strategy if needs be. As a simple EC member trying to do what is in the best interests of lot owners, I truly value OCN and am grateful."

Pamela, Point Lookout

"The OCN is probably one of the best, most informed and most informative groups I have been involved with."

Alan, Maryville