Current & Recent Activities

RRVV Has Moved Office!

RRVV has a new postal address:

RRVV

PO Box 2402

Caulfield Junction

VIC 3161

The old GPO box number will continue to operate for the time being.


Annual General Meeting

This years AGM was held at the Victoria University Convention Centre on 16 October 2017. For a copy of the President’s address to the meeting click here:

President’s Address to AGM


Contact your Members of Parliament!

The recently coverage on television and in newspapers on residents’ experiences of retirement villages has generated enormous interest and at least one other state government has decided to take action.  These articles have described the way one operator manages its retirement villages.   All the coverage has been negative.

This is not the only retirement village operator that has questionable business and care practices.  RRVV has first hand knowledge that many other operators of retirement villages have similar practices. We continue to lobby governments and the retirement industry to bring about change for the better across the whole of the retirement living sector.

RRVV and our partners are in the process of contacting Members of Parliament, both State and Federal, to build on the momentum for change that has been established by the recent Victorian Government Inquiry into Retirement Housing and this recent publicity.

RRVV continues to lobby for the recommendations of this Inquiry to be put into law when brought before Parliament in September.  Many of these recommendations will begin the process of change

RRVV asks each of our members to contact their Members of Parliament, pointing out the need for change and asking them to vote for that change in September.  If you need any help, have a look at our Guidelines page.


Inquiry into the Retirement Housing Sector

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Retirement Housing recently investigated  the operation and regulation of the retirement housing sector, including retirement villages, with the aim of identifying opportunities for improvement and reform.Their report was presented to parliament on 7 March 2017 and is available via the following link:

Final Report

The Committee received 766 submissions including many from our members, as well as a submission from the RRVV. Click on the button to read these submissions:

Read Submissions

Of the 15 recommendations made, RRVV is targetting four:

  1. A free and expert dispute resolution service with the power to make binding determinations that owners and operators cannot appeal – an ombudsman or similar (Recommendation 15)
  2. Mandatory village accreditation with minimum standards (Recommendation 11)
  3. A comprehensive review of the Retirement Villages Act – not just a patch
    up (Recommendation 2)
  4. Independent formal training of village managers and key staff at a level commensurate with responsibility (Recommendation 12)

Council Rates

Property Council Rates PostcardThe Property Council – the peak body for operators of retirement villages – is conducting a campaign to persuade local councils to introduce differential rates for retirement villages. If you are asked to fill in one of these postcards (on left), please do so, and make sure they are sent to as many councillors as possible. In this way, the RRVV and its members can keep this important issue alive and hopefully bring it o a successful conclusion.

The RRVV supports the Property Council in its endeavours to achieve a rate reduction for all retirement village residents.

 


Free Publicity for your Village Events

If you would like to publicise events or activities in your village to a wider audience, please send us the details via email to rrvv.vic.newsletters@gmail.com and we will put them on our Events page on this website.