Links to helpful information

Department of Housing and Public Works

The Department of Housing and Public Works Residential Services Unit administers the Retirement Villages Act 1999, and also investigates serious complaints and alleged breaches of the Act.

The department’s website also provides information about the following topics:

  • Retirement village options and contracts
  • Buying a unit in a retirement village
  • Maintenance and insurance
  • Village decision making and committees
  • Steps to resolving retirement village dispute
  • Leaving the retirement village

www.qld.gov.au/housing/buying-owning-home/retirement-villages

Queensland Retirement Village and Parks Advice Service

Queensland Retirement Village and Parks Advice Service (QRVPAS), part of Caxton Legal Centre Inc, is a specialist service providing free information and legal assistance for residents and prospective residents of retirement villages and manufactured home parks in Queensland. Assistance is prioritised to focus on older people, including groups of residents. The service also provides substantial community legal education and law reform and undertake limited case work.

www.caxton.org.au/how-we-can-help/queensland-retirement-village-and-parks-advice-service/

COTA

COTA is Australia’s leading advocacy body for older Australians. Cota Australia’s role is to promote, improve and protect the wellbeing of older Australians and aged care consumers. COTA Australia lobbies for action and policy change at a national level on issues affecting seniors.

www.cota.org.au

Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT)

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) is an independent, accessible tribunal that efficiently resolves disputes on a range of matters.

www.qcat.qld.gov.au/matter-types/other-civil-disputes/retirement-village-disputes

The Property Council of Australia (Queensland)

The Queensland division of a national association representing the property industry, including a Retirement Living Committee.

www.propertycouncil.com.au

Queensland Law Society (Elder Law Section)

The Queensland Law Society keeps a list of lawyers with expertise in retirement villages.

http://www.qls.com.au/For_the_community/Find_a_solicitor

Seniors Enquiry Line

Seniors Enquiry Line is a statewide information and referral service for Queensland seniors, families, friends, grandparents and carers.

Seniors Enquiry Line can help you with concessions, social activities, household assistance, retirement accommodation, financial and legal matters, health, education, transport and many other issues.

www.seniorsenquiryline.com.au

Community Legal Centres Queensland (CLSs)

Community Legal Centres Queensland (CLSs) operates through a small team of staff, along with volunteers, to provide free information, legal assistance, referral, representation, casework, community education and advocacy to vulnerable clients. CLSs also provides support and advocacy for 33 independent, community-led community legal centres operating across Queensland

www.communitylegalqld.org.au

LawRight

LawRight (formerly Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House) is a partnership of law firms, barristers, the Community Legal Centres Queensland, the Queensland Law Society, the Queensland Bar Association, Legal Aid Queensland, university law schools, accountancy firms and government and corporate legal units. LawRight is an independent, not-for-profit, community-based legal organisation coordinating the provision of pro bono legal services for individuals and community groups in Queensland.

www.lawright.org.au