This month RAAG members met and discussed the differences in legislation between the states and territories across Australia when it comes to retirement housing options. Many people do not realise such legislation is not national, and even if they do, they may not realise that people’s rights and responsibilities offered to retirement housing residents can be quite different state to state/territory.
RAAG members discussed that this can also cause confusion when contracts designed in one state are applied in another when a retirement housing operator opens up an interstate location.
Members discussed that having a national legislation or regulatory body would remove some of these issues.
The idea of a national approach to retirement villages and the retirement housing sector is not a new thought – the consistency provides security and reassurance for retirement housing residents and clear accountability and responsibilities for retirement housing owners and operators. An article shared in the RAAG meeting this month is uploaded below:
If you want to see more articles about retirement housing, or older people and housing you can have a look at HAAG’s ‘Ageing on the Edge Research Library‘ and search for topics that interest you. If you have articles you want to contribute you can also do this too!