Seminar to help seniors navigate retirement village laws

Sunshine Coast seniors who want to find out more about changes to Queensland laws affecting retirement villages, residential parks and aged rental complexes should attend a free National Seniors Australia seminar on Thursday, 16 August.

Late last year, Queensland legislation was tightened to give better consumer protection to residents, along with making contracts easier to understand and to clearly set out fees and charges, including exit fees.

The changes followed a joint investigation by the ABC ‘s Four Corners program and Fairfax Media that discovered exorbitant fees and complex contracts were commonplace in the industry.

According to the state government, 42,000 Queenslanders live in 315 retirement villages, 17,000 in 185 residential parks, and 3,000 in aged rental complexes.

The seminar next Thursday will be held at Tewantin/Noosa Tait-Duke Community Cottage.

The guest speaker will be Nastassja Milevskiy, a solicitor from the Park and Village Information Link (PAVIL) team at Caxton Legal Centre. Ms Milevskiy has specific experience dealing with the laws relating to retirement accommodation.

The seminar runs from 9.15am to 11.30 am and is open to everyone interested in the changes to retirement accommodation laws. Reservations are essential by telephoning Kym on 3233 9157 or online at

Media contact: Lynda Schekoske (07) 3233 9106 or 0488 047 380.

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