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Each Australian State and Territory and New Zealand has enacted specific legislation that regulates the operation of retirement villages. The main purpose of the legislation is to protect the interests of residents and prospective residents. This is generally achieved by:
The legislation in each jurisdiction is different and has its own definition of what is and what is not a retirement village. This is important because a village that falls outside the definition will generally not be regulated by the legislation. The definitions generally exclude hostels and nursing homes and may exclude other facilities that are generally thought of as retirement villages, such as over 50's manufactured home villages and rental villages for seniors. Even where the legislation does apply, it may apply differently to different legal structures and contractual arrangements.
Particular legal structures and contractual arrangements may also attract the application of other legislation, such as strata title, community title, companies and securities, manufactured home or tenancy legislation.
Other legislation may also be relevant. For example, most jurisdictions have "fair trading" legislation that regulates general trading matters, including advertising and marketing. Some jurisdictions also have:
The legislation and documentation can be quite complicated, so you should consider obtaining legal and financial advice from qualified professionals in appropriate circumstances.
Various government and non-government websites, such as the Australasian Legal Information Institute, provide free internet access to Australian legal materials. The following links may be of interest:
|ACT:||Retirement Villages Act 2012 and Regulations|
|NSW:||Retirement Villages Act 1999 and Regulations|
|NT:||Retirement Villages Act 1995 and Regulations|
|QLD:||Retirement Villages Act 1999 and Regulations|
|SA:||Retirement Villages Act 1987 and Regulations|
|TAS:||Retirement Villages Act 2004 and Regulations|
|VIC:||Retirement Villages Act 1986 and Regulations 1 & 2|
|WA:||Retirement Villages Act 1992 and Regulations|
|NZ:||Retirement Villages Act 2003 and Regulations|
Please see the following pages of this Retirement Villages Guide for further information:
Please also see the following pages for further specific information regarding the particular application of the retirement villages laws in the respective Australian States and Territories: