Retirement Villages

The Retirement Villages Unit administers the Retirement Villages Act 2016 and Retirement Villages Regulations 2017. The Retirement Villages Unit promotes and enforces compliance with the legislation, provides general advice and information about retirement villages and assists in resolving disputes between residents and operators.

The Retirement Villages Unit also maintains the South Australian Retirement Villages Register which contains information about all retirement villages in South Australia.

More information about housing for seniors, better practice guidelines for operators and information sheets for retirement village residents and operators can be found on the retirement and assisted living page.

Review of the Retirement Villages Act 2016

The Retirement Villages Act commenced on 1 January 2018 and was required to be reviewed after three years.

See the review report (PDF 862KB) and Department’s response (PDF 428KB).

Retirement Villages (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill Community Consultation

A public consultation on the draft Retirement Villages (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill, which proposes to amend the Retirement Villages Act 2016, ran from 31 March to 19 May 2023.

The consultation provided an opportunity for stakeholders to consider whether the proposed changes achieve the intent of the review recommendations, and if any additional changes to the legislation were needed before the Bill was introduced in Parliament.

All community feedback was carefully considered and helped finalise the draft Amendment Bill before its introduction to State Parliament.

Introduction of the Retirement Villages (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill to State Parliament

The Minister for Health and Wellbeing introduced the Retirement Villages (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2024 to State Parliament on 21 February 2024.

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