Have your say on new Vic retirement village laws

Victorians can now have their say on retirement village laws as part of a review of the Retirement Villages Act 1986.

 

Minister for Ageing Luke Donnellan said “We’re working to ensure all our senior Victorians are engaged in the community, including those in retirement villages and it’s important they’re able to have a say on the issues that matter most to them.”

 

The review aims to update laws about retirement villages to further protect consumers, as well as encourage growth and innovation in the sector.

 

As part of the review, Consumer Affairs Victoria will also be facilitating a number of community consultation sessions during November.

 

The consultation sessions will be held in Shepparton, Geelong and Melbourne, ensuring all Victorians can contribute their ideas.

 

The review is being conducted in response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Retirement Housing Sector and aims to address concerns around:

  • Contractual agreements, including whether contracts are too complex
  • Disclosure of fees and charges
  • Obligations for repairs and maintenance
  • Rights and obligations when selling a village unit.

 

Victorians can learn more about the current laws surrounding retirement villages at www.consumer.vic.gov.au/retirementvillages.

 

Those who wish to make a submission, contribute their stories, experiences, and suggestions on the regulation of the retirement village sector can do so at www.engage.vic.gov.au/retirementvillagesact before Friday, 6 December 2019.

 

25 October 2019.