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The regulation of retirement villages in Queensland (QLD) is the responsibility of the Queensland State Government. The retirement villages laws comprise the Retirement Villages Act 1999 (the Act) and the Retirement Villages Regulation 2010 (the Regulations).
The Act sets out the main substantive provisions and the Regulations incorporate some additional detail and provide flexibility to fine tune the laws over time. The Act envisages that the content of certain documents may be prescribed by the Regulations. These documents include the application for registration of a retirement village scheme and the residence contract.
In summary, the objects of the Act (as stated in section 3) are:
A "retirement village" is "premises where older members of the community or retired persons reside, or are to reside, in independent living units or serviced units, under a retirement village scheme", but it specifically excludes a site within the meaning of the Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Act 2003 (section 5).
Note that the above definition refers to "older members of the community", but does not mention a particular age.
A "retirement village scheme" is a scheme under which a person:
A "residence contract" (which may relate to a freehold or other interest in the home) is one or more written contracts regarding residence in a retirement village that:
It includes any other contract (an "ancillary contract") that is dependent on or arises out of the making of the residence contract or any other ancillary contract. If an ancillary contract is not signed at the same time as the residence contract, the residence contract must also include an agreement to enter into an ancillary contract in the form of an attached copy (section 10).
An "in-going contribution" is the amount payable by a person under a residence contract to secure someone's right to reside in a retirement village. It does not include a recurrent payment for rent, fees or charges (section 14).
A "resident" of a retirement village is a person who has a right to reside in the village and receive one or more services in relation to the village under a residence contract (section 9).
For general information about retirement villages, please see our Retirement Villages Guide.
For additional specific information about retirement villages in Queensland, please see the following pages: