Residents of Retirement Villages Victoria is an active and representative group for all people living in Retirement Villages in Victoria; a voice for all the Residents, a voice promoting Residents’ rights, and the voice to government at all levels.
It is the Residents’ organisation putting forward Residents’ views, ideas and opinions by:
- Referral to legal/support services in cases where Residents are in dispute with a Retirement Village operator or other Residents.
- Contributing to policy debate and to advocates on behalf of the community of Retirement Village Residents.
- The provision of information concerning the development and/or operation of a Retirement Village Residents’ committee.
- Education of its members and the broader community of the issues affecting Retirement Village Residents.
- Facilitating a collective voice on issues, needs and problems regarding Retirement Village Residents.
- Liaison with relevant government departments at both State and Federal level, local councils and relevant peak organisations.
- Promoting interaction between Retirement Village Residents throughout Victoria.
- Providing general information concerning Retirement Village matters.
- Encourage sustainability in existing and future Retirement Villages.
The more members we have, the greater our collective representation, so we encourage all retirement village residents to join and become members.
For details of our past and current campaigns Click Here.
For a copy of our constitution see Rules of the Association
Current & Recent Activities
Campaign for a Retirement Housing Ombudsman
As a result of representations made jointly by the Consumer Action Law Centre, Housing for the Aged and the RRVV, the Victorian Parliament has passed a motion to set up an inquiry into the operation and regulation of retirement villages, caravan parks, residential parks and independent living units. The purpose is to identify opportunities for improvement and reform. The inquiry will examine existing legislation, look at reviews and recommendations in other Australian states and overseas, investigate the experiences and views of residents and owner/managers, and consider the appointment of a retirement housing ombudsman. The scope also includes the impact of local government rating on retirement housing. The committee is due to report by 1 March 2017.
Survey of Retirement Village Residents
Towards the end of 2015, the National Ageing Research Institute, an independent research institute, conducted a survey of residents of retirement villages on behalf of the RRVV. The survey focussed on residents’ experiences with managers and owners of the villages. Click Here for a synopsis of the survey results. The RRVV would like to thank nearly 2,000 members and retirement village residents for taking part.
Access to Justice
The State Government is conducting a review to improve access to justice for Victorians with an everyday legal problem or dispute. The RRVV took the opportunity to press its case for a Retirement Housing Ombudsman and has submitted a report on the needs and experiences of retirement village residents backed by several case studies. Click Here for a copy of this submission. Details of this review are available from the Department of Justice website at www.myviews.justice.vic.gov.au/accesstojustice
Effectiveness of the Retirement Village Legislation
Last year the Consumer Action Law Centre, COTA Victoria and the RRVV made a joint submission to Consumer Affairs Victoria about the effectiveness of the Retirement Villages Regulations and Estate Agent Regulations. Please Click Here for a copy of the submission.
Rates Justice Campaign
The RRVV made a submission to the Review of the Local Government Act 1989 regarding differential rating provisions for retirement villages and the inconsistent decisions that various local councils have made in this matter. Please Click Here for a copy of RRVV’s submission. For information about the review go to www.yourcouncilyourcommunity.vic.gov.au
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