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Changes to the legislation

The Housing Legislation (Building Better Futures) Amendment Act 2017 was passed by Parliament on 25 October 2017 and assented to on 10 November 2017.

This legislation contains amendments to the Retirement Villages Act 1999.

These amendments:

  • strengthen the regulatory framework for retirement villages
  • improve consumer protection for prospective and current residents of retirement villages.

We’re currently working with the community and industry to finalise these changes. See the timeline (PDF, 288KB) for details of consultation and implementation.

What will change

Changes to the Retirement Village Act 1999 and the introduction of the Retirement Villages Regulation 2018 will:

  • improve pre-contractual disclosure processes for prospective residents
  • ensure residents know more information about their village operations.

We will introduce:

  • a village comparison document and prospective cost document to replace the public information document (enabling prospective residents to compare retirement villages and fully understand the costs of entering, living in and leaving a village)
  • a 21-day time frame for prospective residents to review their contract, and seek financial and legal advice, before they sign
  • improved access to village operational documents for residents and prospective residents
  • clear definitions for reinstatement and refurbishment works.

Obligations of operators

Operators have until 1 February 2019 to comply with the new legislation.

We have published the documents and forms that you need, including a:

  • village comparison document
  • prospective costs document
  • pre-contractual disclosure waiver
  • entry condition report
  • exit condition report
  • registration application form.

You must create a customised village comparison document and prospective costs document to replace the current public information document by 1 February 2019.

Next steps

April to June 2019

We will introduce more changes to the legislation to ensure that retirement village residents are aware of any changes in village operations, such as a change of operator or village redevelopment.

We will also introduce new standards for retirement village contracts.

November 2019

Final amendments to the Retirement Villages Act are expected to be proclaimed by November 2019. These changes will establish the standard requirements for financial reports and budgets for retirement villages.

Advocacy and support for residents

Five organisations have been funded to conduct advocacy and support to help residents of retirement villages, residential (manufactured home) parks and residential services:

  • understand their rights
  • represent their interests to village operators, service providers, park owners and government.

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