Retirement housing - information for operators

Operators need a sound knowledge of the Act and Regulations to properly manage a retirement village.

The Retirement Villages Act 2016 and the Retirement Villages Regulations 2017 commenced on 1 January 2018 replacing the previous Act and Regulations.

Review of the Retirement Villages Act 2016

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 with a requirement to be reviewed three years after its commencement.

Community feedback is being sought to find out whether the Act meets its intended objectives and if there needs to be consideration given to legislative changes.

A report on outcomes of the review, including community feedback, will be provided to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing for tabling in Parliament later in 2021.

Read the Discussion Paper and make a submission:



Post to:

Att: RV Act Review
PO Box 196
Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000

For further information or a copy of the Discussion Paper:


Call 8204 2420 during business hours (9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday).

Closing date: Friday 16 April 2021 at 5.00 pm (ACDT).

Information for operators

For information about your obligations and rights under the Act and Regulations download ‘Retirement Villages Act 2016 – Information for Operators (830.3 KB PDF)’. The topics in the booklet are also available in the individual information sheets below.

If you have questions please phone Office for Ageing Well on 8204 2420 for information on the following:

Forms for operators

Operator and village manager survey results

The Office for Ageing Well sought feedback from retirement village operators and managers on the introduction of the Retirement Villages Act 2016 and Retirement Villages Regulations 2017. The legislation commenced operation on 1 January 2018.

Why survey?

The intention is to survey village operators and managers on the operation of the Act annually. This is to ensure that there is a robust source of data on operational and other matters.


The feedback received will assist in understanding the effectiveness of the legislative changes and the cumulative impact on operators, residents and the community.

The results of all surveys will be made publicly available to continue the conversation about ongoing improvement and best practice within the industry.

Here are the survey results:

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