CONSTITUENCY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER FOR CONSUMER AFFAIRS

My question is for the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation and concerns the review of the Retirement Villages Act 1986 currently underway. The government published an options paper to which the community could respond and provide feedback. Along with my colleagues Nina Taylor and the member for Mount Waverley I recently visited Manningtree retirement village in my electorate of Hawthorn, where I made residents aware of the review and sought their perspectives. Among the suggestions were clarifications in language, obligations and alternative dispute resolution processes. My office in Hawthorn is collating the feedback of Hawthorn residents, and I will detail these in a forthcoming letter to the minister. My question is: when can the residents in retirement villages expect to hear the outcome?

Answer:

Thank you for promoting our Government’s review into the Retirement Villages Act 1986. The input of older Victorians into the review is critical to making sure that the regulation of retirement villages reflects the needs and wishes of residents.

That is why I am pleased that over 260 submissions were received in response to the Options Paper, with most submissions from retirement village residents and related groups. Feedback provided in submissions, as well as input from members of the review’s stakeholder reference group, will inform government decision-making on the reform approach.

We are currently considering the feedback received from stakeholders during the consultation process. I anticipate that our Government will be able to provide further information about reforms to retirement villages by early 2022.

I look forward to receiving feedback from Hawthorn residents, as part of our consideration of this important issue.

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