The South Australian Retirement Villages Act 2016 (the Act) and Retirement Villages Regulations 2017 (the Regulations) govern retirement villages in South Australia.

The Act commenced on 1 January 2018 and replaced the Retirement Villages Act 1987 (the 1987 Act).

The Minister for Health and Wellbeing is responsible for the Act and the Regulations, which are administered by his Department – the Department for Health and Wellbeing – through Office for Ageing Well (OFAW).

According to Section 68 of the Act, the Minister must undertake a review of the Act three years after its commencement. A report on the outcome of the review must be tabled in both Houses of Parliament within 12 sitting days of its completion.

The Discussion Paper is the next step in reviewing the Act and the first part of the formal consultation process. The feedback received will inform the report and advise whether changes to the Act or Regulations are required.

The Discussion Paper has been developed based on:

  • feedback received from operators and residents about key sections of the legislation,
  • complaints or queries raised with OFAW, 
  • ongoing discussions with peak resident and industry bodies.

All of this feedback will also be considered in the preparation of the report for Parliament.

The review will also consider the Acts and Regulations in operation in other jurisdictions, to support the further development of best practice processes in South Australia.