By-Laws And Architectural Standards

Each Strata scheme has its own by-laws, which are a set of rules that govern such things as the behaviour of residents and the use of common property. The by-laws apply to all owners and residents of a Strata Scheme.

The Italian Forum Strata Plan 60918 operates under a Strata Management Statement (SMS) and a set of by-laws that are designed to facilitate the administration and harmony of the Strata Scheme. The Architectural Standard is another document that is necessitated by the cultural and architectural significance of the Italian Forum and it outlines how the external appearance of the building must be maintained.

All residents (tenants and owners) must comply with the by-laws, including the Architectural Standard in accordance with the NSW Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 or face the possibility of penalties (usually in the form of fines) issued by the NSW Consumer & Administrative Tribunal (NCAT). All residents must take all reasonable steps to ensure that their invitees also comply. If an invitee does not comply, the resident must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the invitee complies or leaves the building.

Click on the links below for a PDF version of the by-laws or Architectural Standards

  • SP 60918 By-Laws
  • Italian Forum 60918 – Architectural Standards

You can find out more about By-laws at the NSW Government Office of Fair Trading.



Your unit is fitted with an individual hot water unit servicing your unit only. This unit is located within the laundry. As a tenant, gas usage for this is included in your rent. As an owner the gas consumption is included in your levies.

Depending on the location of your unit, situated underneath the kitchen benchtop, bathroom vanity or laundry cabinet is a tap which turns on/off the supply of cold water to your unit. When the tap is turned off, no water will flow to any fixtures within your unit, including the hot water unit.


Your unit has gas supplied to the kitchen cooktop and to a bayonet point in the lounge room for heating.
Located underneath the kitchen benchtop is the yellow shut-off valve for the gas. When this valve is in the closed position, no gas will flow to either the cooktop or the bayonet point.


Located in the cupboard above the fridge space in your kitchen is your unit’s electrical distribution board. This board distributes the incoming electricity supply into the various electrical circuits within your unit. Housed within the board are circuit switches and associated fuses.

To ensure all electrical fixtures are connected to power, all switches on the distribution board are to be pushed up to the “on” position.

If you lose power on any one particular circuit in your apartment at any time, check the circuit board above the fridge and it is likely that a circuit has tripped to the off position. If the circuit will not turn back on, it is recommended to arrange an electrician to assist. If you have lost power to the entire apartment, this may be related to your apartment only, in which case it is recommended that you call an electrician in the first instance. If the power outage appears to be a building-wide issue, you should contact your electricity supplier in the first instance to check if there are any outages in the area; if not then contact the Building Manager for assistance.

Moving In / Out

Please contact the building manager for information about moving in and out of the building, including moving bulky items.

For incoming residents, please download the Italian Forum Residential Welcome Information letter.

Keys, Access & Security

The Owners Corporation has engaged a security services contractor, Wilson Securiy to provide an on-site presence after hours at the Italian Forum. Security are on site from 5:00pm until 1:00am, seven days a week and they are contactable on 1300 945 766.

For applications for a new Electronic Security Key, please click here.

For any queries about security during the day, please contact the Building Managerin the first instance.

For Police, Fire or Ambulance emergency services, call 000.

Leichhardt Local Area Command Police stations are in Glebe and Balmain, details as below:

GLEBE 2037
1-3 Talfourd Street
Phone: 02 9552 8099
Open 24 hours

368 Darling Street
Phone: 02 9556 0624
Open 24 hours


Located adjacent to the kitchen within your unit is your security intercom system handset.

This device allows visitors from the carpark or public levels of the Italian Forum development to contact your unit directly, via the security intercom panel located in the lift servicing your unit, or alternatively via the security gate outside certain units.

By depressing the button on the intercom unit, you will enable your visitor to use the lift to your unit level floor or gain access through the security gate (at the intercom station they are calling from), depending on your unit’s location.


The Mail Room is located adjacent to the Resident’s garbage room and contains a designated mailbox for each unit. Each unit’s security access card will open the locked doors of the Mail Room.

Health Club

Located outside the Leichhardt Library on the Piazza level (Level G) is the Residents’ Health Club. Each unit’s security access card will open the locked doors of the Residents’ Health Club.
This health club is for the restricted use of residents and their guests only. Any use of the health club is undertaken at your own risk. The Health Club contains the following:

  • Exercise room containing exercise equipment and weights.
  • Separate male and female changing rooms / toilet amenities.
  • Sauna.

Please note that the spa has been decommissioned and is no longer available for use.

Please contact the Building Manager if you have any queries regarding the Health Club.


The resident’s garbage bin room is located on the B1 carpark level next to the car park exit to Balmain Road.
This room contains a number of 240 litre bins resident’s use. Each unit’s security access card will open the locked doors of the resident’s garbage room. These bins are emptied weekly by the cleaner.

Only rubbish and recyclables are to be placed in the bins. Larger household items must not be placed in the resident’s garbage room. Resident’s found leaving large items in the bin room will have these removed by building management, with the costs of disposal to be passed on to the lot owner along with a by-law breach notice being issued. Residents can contact building managers to organise local Council collection of large bulky items or click on the following link for more information.

Items that require bulky goods collection:
Bulky household items and furniture, Branches, Metal and whitegoods, Mattresses

Please contact the Building Manager if you have any queries regarding the resident’s garbage room or Council collection of household items.



Pay TV cabling has been installed within your unit and is terminated within an electrical cupboard, located either in the carpark or public areas of the developments (depending on your unit’s location). This does NOT necessarily mean you are currently connected to a Pay TV provider but does allow for future connection.

Should you wish to subscribe to a Pay TV provider, please contact your chosen provider directly. Your chosen provider should contact the Building Manager to establish the connection point for your particular unit.

Fire Safety

There are various fire safety regulations applicable to strata that are different to those applicable to living in a house. Smoke detectors and front doors must not be modified in any way. Please contact your building manager for any queries in relation to Fire Safety.

Emergency Evacuation and Fire Safety training is conducted three times per year through the building manager and you will be invited to attend.

Italian Forum Car Park Guidelines

Level G Car Park

The G carpark level, accessed only from Norton Street, is NOT to be used by any residents at any time.

B1 Car Park Level

Management: The B1 car park and its access control system are managed by Secure Parking. They can be contacted on 02 8000 8790 for any of the following issues:

  • Faulty access card
  • Faulty boom gate or parking ticket payment machine

NB: New access card applications are to be made through the Building Manager.

Parking Restrictions: For clarity, residents must not park on B1 as the spaces on this level are either privately owned by businesses operating in the Italian Forum or are commercially operated. Residents may not park on B1 at any time; otherwise, they may be charged the full commercial day rates by the car park operator.

Security: Outside of business hours, the security roller doors will be closed, restricting entry to this carpark level to residents and Italian Forum business operators only.

Access Points: The B1 carpark level has an entry and exit lane onto Balmain Road, as well as an entry driveway from Norton Street. All entry and exit lanes are fitted with security roller shutters.

Entry Procedure:

  • During operating hours: Entry is through a boom gate.
  • After hours: Entry is through roller shutter doors and a boom gate.
  • Access through both the boom gate and roller shutter is via your car park access card – this is a different card from the one you use for the lifts. Simply hold your access card against the card reader; the card reader will register your access card’s validity and automatically open the boom gate and roller shutter. The boom gate and roller shutter will close automatically once you have driven through.

Exit Procedure: Exiting the carpark (onto Balmain Road) when the boom gate and roller shutter are closed is enabled by driving over the induction loop (magnetic sensor) installed in the ground of the driveway floor and scanning your access card. This will open the doors automatically, with the boom gate and roller shutter closing after your vehicle has exited the car park.

B2 Car Park Level

Purpose: B2 is dedicated to residential parking, with several commercial spaces also located on the level.

Access: Your car park-issued access card, which is a separate card from the one used for the lifts and mailroom, will allow access to B2.

Security: The access ramp (both up and down) from the B2 car park level is closed off to all unauthorised vehicles by way of security roller shutters.

Entry Procedure: Entry through the security roller shutters is by way of your car park access card. Simply hold your access card against the card reader; the card reader will register your access card’s validity and open the roller shutter. The roller shutter will close automatically once your vehicle has driven through.

Car Park Storage

Storage Restrictions: Storage on B2 is not permitted unless an owners corporation-approved storage unit is installed, as WHS and fire regulations do not permit this area to be used for storage. Parking spaces with items being stored will be issued with by-law breach notices.

Storage Unit Applications: Owners wishing to install a storage unit within their parking space should contact the Building Manager in the first instance to discuss their application.

Recommended Storage Unit: The Strata Committee recommends owners install the Space Commander Unit. Please contact the Building Manager for more information.