Retirement villages - information for operators

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

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

Review of the Retirement Villages Act 2016

The Retirement Villages Act commenced on 1 January 2018 and was required to be reviewed after three years.

The report on the outcomes of the review (PDF 863KB) was tabled in Parliament on 18 November 2021 and the department has published its response to the review (PDF 428KB).

Retirement Villages (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill community consultation

A public consultation on the draft Retirement Villages (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill, which proposes to amend the Retirement Villages Act 2016, ran from 31 March to 19 May 2023.

The consultation provided an opportunity for stakeholders to consider whether the proposed changes achieve the intent of the review recommendations, and if any additional changes to the legislation are needed before the Bill is introduced in Parliament.

The consultation is now closed, and community feedback is being considered to finalise the draft Amendment Bill before it's introduced to State Parliament.

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 this 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

Better practice guidelines

A benchmark of good practice can help operators prevent or resolve  issues and to promote good relationships between operators and residents.

Retirement village better practice guidelines

Enforcement framework for retirement villages

The Office for Ageing Well has developed the Retirement Villages Enforcement Framework (207.9 KB PDF) to provide guidance and clarity to operators of retirement villages, residents of those retirement villages and the community with respect to enforcement of the Retirement Villages Act 2016 and Retirement Villages Regulations 2017.

Related information

Other websites

Retirement village disputes - South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT)


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