Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Retirement Housing Sector

The first public hearing for the retirement housing inquiry by the Legal and Social Issues Committee of the Victorian Parliament will be held on Wednesday 28 September. Retirement villages, caravan parks, residential parks and independent living units are all included in the scope of the inquiry.

While this is a Victorian inquiry, the problems are similar to those in NSW. The Committee is examining the existing Victorian legislation to ensure it reflects the diversity of retirement housing types.

It will also be seeking to ensure there are proper consumer protections in place, adequate dispute resolution procedures, fair pricing and consistent, simplified management standards and regulations across the sector.

The Committee has received more than 760 submissions to the inquiry including some from the operators with villages in NSW and peak national bodies.

Full details will be found on the Committee’s website.

Monitoring the input and progress of the inquiry may provide RVRA members with some ideas for input into the NSW review of the Regulations due to be completed next year (2017).

Other information on this inquiry will be found in “From The President” in your June 2016 RVRA Newsletter.