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Retirement villages

About retirement villages

Retirement villages are premises where a community of seniors live in independent living units or serviced units, and share common facilities and amenities. They cater for retirees and older members of the community. In some villages, personal care and support services can be purchased for a fee.
Retirement villages may be owned by commercial operators for profit or by charitable, religious or ethnic not-for-profit organisations. They do not receive government funding.
Learn more about retirement village living including:
Retirement villages are regulated by the Retirement Villages Act 1999. Regular inspections are carried out on retirement villages to ensure they are complying with the Act. It is important that operators are aware of their obligations as penalties apply for those who do not comply.
If you are a retirement village operator, you can view our guide for an overview of your registration, financial, reporting and legal obligations. For specific legal advice please contact a solicitor.
For more information on retirement villages, watch our Seniors Living Video Series, view our fact sheets and forms or visit our useful contacts page.
You can also access free legal assistance and information about retirement villages from the Park and Village Information Link (PAVIL).
Retirement villages are just one of a number of accommodation types for seniors. Find out more about other retirement accommodation.

Contact us

The Residential Services Unit administers the Retirement Villages Act 1999, which has recently been amended.
Residential Services Unit
Phone: (07) 3008 3450
Fax: (07) 3008 5960
Post: GPO Box 690, Brisbane Qld 4001

Last updated 09 February 2018    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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