Retirement Villages legislation review

Status: Closed 15 July 2013 

Updated: 1 April 2016

The Consultation included a wide ranging and comprehensive review of retirement village legislation over the past few years that heavily involved both residents and industry representatives. The aim of the reforms is to provide greater protection to seniors who choose to live in retirement complexes while at the same time balancing the needs of the industry by giving fair and clear guidelines for village operators.

Background

Since a comprehensive review of retirement village laws was completed in November 2010, a substantial body of work has been undertaken to implement some of over 100 recommended reforms for change.

The first stage of reforms in the Retirement Villages Amendment Act 2012 commenced on 1 April 2014 and together with some changes to the Retirement Villages Regulations 1992 (RV Regulations) implemented a number of important consumer protection reforms.

Changes to the RV Regulations reflected in the Retirement Villages Amendment Regulations 2015 and to the Code of Fair Practice for Retirement Villages reflected in Fair Trading (Retirement Villages Code) Regulations 2015 will be implemented later in 2015.

The final piece of first stage reforms are two new disclosure statements that must be given to prospective residents at least 10 working days before being asked to sign a contract. These regulations which commence on 1 April 2016 are found in the Retirement Villages Amendment Regulations 2016. 

Residents and industry stakeholders have made a significant contribution to new retirement village laws in Western Australia.

Update bulletins

Update bulletins were produced to keep stakeholders up to date on the review process and implementation.

Changes to the law

Detailed information about the changes to the Act, regulations and code are available from the Retirement Villages changes to the law page. 

There are three packages of changes to finalise reforms: 

Further information

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