Resources & FAQs

Retirement Living Resources

State and territory consumer protection agencies

Each state and territory's consumer protection agencies are listed below. Select their name to be directed to their respective websites.

Other useful resources

  • The Retirement Living Council - The peak body for the Retirement Living Industry in Australia
  • Planning Checklist - A great checklist for those looking to make the move into a retirement village or resort (provided by the Retirement Living Council)
  • Association of Independent Retirees - A volunteer organisation that works to advance and protect the interests and independent lifestyle of Australians in or approaching retirement.
  • List of upcoming Retirement Village Expos - A great opportunity to visit multiple villages in one location and get all of the information you need. These are free events open to anyone looking at making the move to a retirement village.

Frequently Asked Questions

Retirement and Independent Living

Independent living in a retirement village or over 50's resort, is a lifestyle choice for anyone over the age of 50 who wishes to enjoy an independent, active, social, safe and secure way of living in a community environment. It is ideal for anyone who is able to live independently with minimal assistance required. Retirement villages and resorts can provide upkeep services to residents and offer amenities including internet access, swimming and exercise facilities, and recreation centres for social activities.

Aged care facilities provide support to senior Australians who require daily personal assistance and are unable to live independently. Aged care facilities are traditionally smaller in size than retirement villages, and the facilities themselves are often funded or subsidised by the government. Aged care facilities generally provide residents with laundry and cleaning services, assistance with personal care, meals, and medication.

Independent living is suited to anyone over the age of 50 who is able to live independently without requiring regular specialist assistance with day-to-day activities. Independent living is a great option for anyone:

  • Looking to retire and enjoy their retirement
  • Wanting to downsize from their current home
  • Seeking an independent, active, social, safe and secure way of living
  • Who wants to travel without having to worry about their property
  • Wanting to be part of a friendly and supportive community

Whilst retirement villages and over 50's resorts are similar with both offering independent living, they use different contractual and financial models. They are also regulated under separate consumer protection legislation. It is important to understand these differences before making any decision. Anyone looking to make the move into a retirement village or over 50's resort should always seek legal and financial advice before making a decision.

For further information see: Retirement Living Council Fact Sheet - Retirement Villages and Lifestyle Parks: What’s the difference.

The Retirement Living website also contains other useful information about Retirement Villages.

Some of the main reasons retirees make the move to a retirement village include:

Community - Village residents enjoy the benefits of living within a community of like-minded people at the same stage of life and have access to increased social opportunities leading to richer and broader social lives.

Quality of Life – Freedom from home maintenance duties and heavy gardening work is another prized aspect of village life; fewer chores leaves more time for leisure activities and socialising. With modern villages offering resort-style amenities such as swimming pools, gyms, libraries and games rooms, there’s never a dull moment. Over 60% of retirees looking to make the move into a village are doing so for lifestyle reasons.

Convenience – Most villages are located close to amenities and services and provide reliable transport to nearby metropolitan centres. For residents who enjoy travel, the ability to simply “lock and leave” their home at any time, safe in the knowledge that it will be taken care of in their absence, is a significant advantage.

Security and Independence - Village residents enjoy a greater sense of security and independence than the general community. More than 90% of residents experience improved physical and emotional well-being after moving into their new homes, while 98% of newly ensconced residents indicate they are happy with their decision to move into a retirement village and would do so again, if given the choice.

With so many support services and the company of compatible neighbours, life is happy and comfortable in a retirement village.

The Retirement Living Council is Australia's peak body for the retirement industry. The Retirement Living Council is a specialist division of the Property Council of Australia representing stakeholders with a direct interest in the retirement living sector.

Further information on the Retirement Living Council and retirement living is available on the Retirement Living Council website.

Village Sales

Village Sales is a retirement real-estate website that specialises in independent retirement living. Village Sales makes searching for an independent living property easier.

Village Sales lists retirement properties that are available to purchase right now all around Australia and has a dedicated team ready to help you with your search.

If you would prefer to sit back and let us do the work, give us a call and Village Sales can notify you when properties become available in your preferred locations. It’s all part of the service.

Village Sales is operated by Dorsal Media which is a local family owned and operated business. Dorsal Media has been involved in the Retirement industry for over 20 years and operate the Retirement Village Expos.

You can search for vacancies in retirement villages and resorts using the search fields at the top of the Village Sales homepage. Simply enter your preferred location and any other requirements you have then select the Search button.

Alternatively you can select one of the popular locations listed on the Quick Search menu on the homepage.

You can further refine your results using the search filters as required once they have been displayed.

For new listing enquiries, please call Nick on 0408 477 706 or email Nick at nick@dorsal.com.au. Visit our Sell Your Retirement Property page for more information about listing a property on Village Sales.

Yes. You can have a private retirement property listed on Village Sales. All types of retirement properties, including privately owned properties, can be listed on Villages Sales.

Further Help and Assistance

For all enquiries, please call us on (02) 8212 4188 or email info@villagesales.com.au.