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2016-06: Victorian parliamentary inquiry into retirement housing

The Victorian Parliament's Legal and Social Issues Committee is conducting an inquiry on the operation and regulation of the retirement housing sector (including retirement villages, caravan parks, residential parks and independent living units) with the aim of identifying opportunities for improvement and reform. The terms of reference for the inquiry are available here.

AAG made a submission commenting on the following issues:

  • older people want to age in the place that is right for them
  • the right housing helps people to age well
  • some people may move house in older age to achieve amore supportive housing environment
  • older people want to downsize
  • some older people rent
  • some older people face homelessness
  • location matters
  • diverse housing required
  • whole-of-government approach required
  • ageing research and evaluation required
  • addressing inequity among older people with special needs
  • support for people with dementia
  • intergenerational issues
  • age-friendly cities and communities
  • secondary dwellings
  • stamp duty and land tax
  • independent living units
  • universal design
  • land availability and planning approval
  • affordable housing and preventing homelessness
  • support for people with dementia or other special needs
  • consumer protection
  • retirement housing ombudsman.

The inquiry received over 760 submissions, so AAG was very pleased to be invited to appear at a public hearing in Melbourne on 16 November 2016. Professor Yvonne Wells spoke eloquently on behalf of AAG and the Housing & Built Environment SIG.

You can read the transcript on the parliament website.

At the hearing, AAG was invited to answer the following question on notice from the Committee - 'are you aware of any single innovative business model that makes investment in single-person accommodation more viable?'

You can read AAG's response here

On 7 March 2017, the Victorian Parliament’s Legal and Social Issue Committee tabled its report on the retirement housing sector. They made 15 recommendations, which you can read in the report available here.

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