Current & Recent Activities


John Lumley  1929 – 2018

It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that John Lumley died on 25 January at his home in Macleod. John was the RRVV Treasurer and Public Officer for five years, from 2012 to 2017, standing down due to ill health at last October’s AGM. He was an active member of RRVV from 2008 until the time of his death.

John will be remembered for his careful management of the RRVV’s finances in his capacity as Treasurer, and also for taking charge of the RRVV’s administration and office functions, including organising the distribution of the RRVV newsletters to seven thousand members every quarter. He also championed the causes of many individual residents of villages across Victoria, advocating on their behalf in disputes with village management. We will miss his eagerness and commitment to the RRVV cause.

A memorial service to celebrate John’s life was held on 5 February 2018.


Retirement Living Council Draft Code of Conduct

The Retirement Living Council is part of the Property Council of Australia and represents many, but not all, operators of retirement villages in Australia. Following adverse newspaper and television reports of residents’ experiences, and recent developments including legal actions, the Council published a draft Code of Conduct for the industry. Click Here to download a copy.

RRVV, in partnership with Consumer Action, COTA and HAAG, has sent the Property Council a seven page letter commenting to the draft code. You can download a copy of our letter by clicking Here.


Service Fees for 2018

For retirement villages whose financial year ends on 31 December 2017, the village operator is entitled to increase the service fee or “maintenance charge” by 2.1% for 2018. Click the button for further details.

2018 Service Fees


Victoria Votes 2018

Together with our friends at COTA Victoria, HAAG and Consumer Action, RRVV has produced a pamphlet which identifies four urgent reforms for the Victorian government to undertake: access to justice through fast, free and fair dispute resolution, prohibiting excessive fees, making management training and accreditation mandatory and putting a stop to complex contracts.

For a copy of the pamphlet, Click Here

 

The group has also produced an advocacy kit for residents and families

– available Here


Evergreen Retirement Village Business Mini Expo

Evergreen Retirement Village is holding a Business Mini Expo on 20 March 2018. For details go to our Events page

 


RRVV Office

RRVV’s postal address is now:

RRVV
PO Box 2402
Caulfield Junction
VIC 3161

The previous GPO box number will continue to operate for the time being. Our telephone number 03 9015 8402 remains unchanged.


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 the blue button:

President’s Address to AGM


Inquiry into the Retirement Housing Sector

A copy of the report of the Government inquiry into retirement housing is available by clicking the following button.

Final Report

The Committee received 766 submissions including many from our members, as well as a submission from the RRVV. Click on the blue 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.


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