It is insightful to compare a strata building's executive committee to a quasi-political process. Strata executive committees can be viewed as a 4th tier of government (behind federal, state and council): being elected, levying taxes (levies) and making laws (by-laws). As we all know, politicians do not have to have specific qualifications to run or be elected. Similarly and unfortunately too, there are no requirements under any Acts for executive committee members to be vetted, qualified or trained. Anyone - resident or non-resident owners, apartment renters, building staff, strata managers, real estate agents, developers, relatives and friends can be nominated and subsequently voted onto a building's executive committee - for better or worse.
|A developer appointed, long-term building manager also served in the long term role of chair. Without explicit approval, this building manager employed his son's maintenance company to do gardening duties and also separately paid $60 three times a week for the use of his daughter-in-laws car (who lived and worked with the building manager in the building) to tow a rubbish bin trailer 50 meters. The once off annual cost of these payments could have purchased a vehicle and saved $10,000 p.a. ongoing.|
There can be an extremely wide range of motivations, interests, knowledge and skills both within and between different executive committees. In deciding which candidate or group to vote for it would be expedient to first understand what motivates particular candidates for nominating to the executive committee. A brief list of possible motivations can include:
Possible motivations for being on an executive committee
Embrace (with hope)
Of course, many executive committee members will have more than one motivation but there is usually one key underlying driving force.