The Law

There are two legal documents fundamental to the satisfactory operation of retirement villages.

The Documents

To view details of the Act please follow this link:
Retirement Villages Act 1999 No 81
(To download a printable copy, select ‘PDF’ from the menu bar).

To view and print a copy of the Regulation please follow this link:
Retirement Villages Regulation 2009
(To download a printable copy, select ‘PDF’ from the menu bar).

Retirement Villages Act 1999 No 81

The parent Act which sets out particular rights and obligations of residents and operators of retirement villages; to establish mechanisms for the resolution of certain disputes between residents and operators of retirement villages.

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Retirement Villages Regulation 2009

The associated regulations which came into force on 1st March 2010.

RVRA representatives have been closely involved in discussion with the Minister’s Office and The Office of Fair Trading regarding the Regulation.

RVRA was acknowledged as one of the “main stakeholders” and its views were submitted to the Minister’s Office and to the Office of Fair trading along with 700 other submissions from RVRA members and other residents. The representatives of the RVRA were also involved in joint meetings with the operator groups, the Retirement Village Association and Aged Care Services.

If we are to continue to fight for the recognition of our residents’ rights to live with certainty and fairness in Retirement Villages, we need to be vigilant and bring to the notice of The Office of Fair Trading any situations where residents are treated unjustly.

A number of areas will need to be monitored carefully and if necessary some further changes may need to be made to the Regulation, if it can be shown that residents are suffering an unfair and inequitable situation.

NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT)

NCAT commenced operating on 1 January 2014 incorporating the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal (CTTT).

As was done with the CTTT, the RVRA will continue to monitor and often attend NCAT Consumer Division hearings. Any items of interest or importance from the old and new tribunals will be found on the NCAT page.

RVRA makes submissions to government on any issues that may arise regarding residents and the Act and Regulation. Current issues will be found on the Issues page.