The Victorian Government is reviewing the Retirement Villages Act 1986 (RV Act), and we need your feedback. Your input will help us develop regulatory reforms that:
- protect consumers
- allow for ongoing growth and innovation in the retirement village sector.
Retirement villages provide a type of retirement living in a community setting. The RV Act regulates the contractual relationship between retirement villages and residents. Reforms have been introduced into the RV Act to address key issues over the years, but it has not been comprehensively reviewed since 2004.
The retirement living market also continues to evolve. Economic and social factors driving this include:
- an ageing population
- changing retiree needs and expectations
- increasing land values
- reduced housing affordability.
How to contribute
The Review will include many opportunities for you to have your say. The issues paper is now open for six weeks of consultation, which will close on 6 December 2019. You can make a submission at the bottom of this page via either the:
- 'Upload a document' tab
- 'Submit my comments' tab.
As part of the consultation on the issues paper, we will run community forums in Geelong, Shepparton and the Melbourne CBD.
You will also have the opportunity to comment on an options paper setting out various potential approaches to addressing the issues that we identify. We expect that stage of the consultation to occur in 2020.
Read the issues paper and summaries
The issues paper gives a detailed background about the Review. It also raises questions for consideration.
We have also created a series of summaries that introduce the types of issues covered in the issues paper.
You can use any of the documents to help you contribute to the Review. You are also welcome to raise more issues and provide comments and submissions as you like.
Privacy and collection notice
This Review is being conducted by Consumer Affairs Victoria, which is part of the Department of Justice and Community Safety. All references to 'us' or 'we' on this page are references to Consumer Affairs Victoria.
When making your submission you can provide personal details and information. This information will help us understand the context of your submission.
If you opt to provide your name or email address, we may use these details to identify your submission if you want to access it or make a correction.
You do not need to provide contact information. You can make a submission without providing this information. If you do provide this information, you can still opt for your submission to remain anonymous.
You have three choices in how we will treat your submission:
- published in whole or in part with your name and/or organisation
- published in whole or in part but without your name and/or organisation
- not published at all.
Submissions and comments may be subject to Freedom of Information and other laws. We may redact or not publish submissions regarded as defamatory or discriminatory.
We will never publish your contact details. Your contact details will only be used for this consultation. Any submission published will have contact information such as email or address redacted.
We commit to protecting personal information provided by you under the principles of Victorian privacy laws.