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The Retirement Living Council conducts relevant and purpose driven research to deliver strategic insights & intelligence and to develop informed opinions and future views.

Research is critical to support advocacy and community education and to continue to enhance learning about the needs of the market.

We continue to deliver a range of research initiatives to assist the industry to have more relevant and current information.

Our key research drivers include:

  • Information to better address legislation and regulations
  • Produce management intelligence
  • To be well-informed of resident sentiment
  • Catchment data, and drivers of choice for retirement villages
  • Key sales, economic and demographic data

This all adds up to the all-important need for a well-funded and resourced program to ensure quality information is being captured and delivered to our members. The organisation has committed to bringing together a network of important organisations to assist the industry. By being a member, you have access to all of this information.

PwC / Property Council Retirement Census (Annual), PwC Real Estate Advisory – click here for all Census information

Best Practice Principles for Seniors Community Design (2018), ThomsonAdsett

This publication has been developed as a tool for retirement living developers and operators, stakeholders and consultants for delivering best practice seniors housing design. It is deliberately principles based – the set of principles conceived are intended to act as shared values held by operators, providing guidance in the design of their communities. While providing guidance, the publication aims to encourage innovation and evolution, always keeping in mind best practice outcomes.

Download the Best Practice Principles for Seniors Community Design

Retirement Living National Planning Report Card (2018), Urbis

With a growing seniors population, there is a need to ensure there is an appropriate supply of housing for older Australians in suitable locations, however the development of these communities can be hindered by planning frameworks.  The Retirement Living National Planning Report Card considers the current barrier to better planning of retirement villages in each jurisdiction, and key reforms needed to improve seniors housing supply.

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Download the research report

A Comparison of Retirement Village Living with General Residential (2017), University of Technology Sydney

Retirement living provides benefits and amenities in addition to independent accommodation. This research considers all components of retirement village living using data from nine retirement villages across Australia. This comparison is based on commensurate residential properties considering entry, accessing ongoing facilities and services, intangible factors and exit. The choice of a retirement village lifestyle can be fully compared to living in general residential.

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Delivering Home Care in Retirement Villages (2017), Ansell Strategic

From February 2017, relaxation in home care supply will enable consumers more choice in their providers of care and where they receive care. Retirement villages represent a highly effective and efficient environment in which to deliver at home care, and a growing number of operators are expanding their service offering to residents. In light of this, the Retirement Living Council commissioned Ansell Strategic to produce a useful reference guide for the retirement living sector. Developed in consultation with retirement village operators and home care providers, this guide identifies home care delivery options in villages, as well as outlining the associated benefits and challenges operators may face.

Download the Operator Guide on Delivering Home Care in Retirement Villages
Download the Research Report for the Retirement Village Home Care Analysis Project

National Guide to Creating Simple and Effective Retirement Living Contracts (2016), Russell Kennedy Lawyers

To reduce the confusion some residents experience around contracts, village operators drawn from the Retirement Living Council worked together with Russell Kennedy Lawyers, to develop key elements of a good residence contract. These elements are set out in this National Guide. It has been created to assist retirement village operators with suggestions on structure and language for new contracts.

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Download the National Guide to Creating Simple and Effective Retirement Living Contracts

Living with Dementia in Retirement Villages (2015), Alzheimer’s Australia NSW and UNSW

An estimated 332,000 Australians are living with dementia. This project – co-funded with IRT Foundation – looks at the extent to which people with dementia are supported to age-in-place in retirement villages with the help of community care services, the village operators and informal support from other members of the village community.

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Download the discussion paper
Download the Dementia Guide for the Australian Retirement Village Industry

The 5 A’s of Retirement Living: Towards Proactive Planning Policy (2015), RPS

State and local government planning frameworks impact the supply of new retirement village units. This project examines how conducive existing planning frameworks and development controls are for the retirement living sector, and recommends what changes government should implement to better encourage industry growth.

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National Overview of the Retirement Village Sector (2014), Grant Thornton

This report examines the contribution of the sector to the Australian and state economies, as well as quantifying savings to the public purse through retirement village residents entering (government funded) aged care later in life, and reducing strain on hospital and healthcare spending.

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The Effect of the Victorian Aged Care Rule on the retirement village sector (2014), Grant Thornton

With its blanket application, and following changes to Commonwealth aged care legislation, the Aged Care Rule is causing considerable financial harm to several retirement villages.  This report quantifies the impact of the rule and proposes a suitable solution.

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Demand Analysis of Housing for Older Australians (2014), MacroPlan Dimasi

Research finds that senior Australians are being forced out of inner and middle ring suburbs they have lived in for their whole lives, due to inadequate planning for retirement villages and other housing built to support independent living.

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McCrindle Baynes Villages Census (2013), McCrindle Research and

Australia’s largest census of retirement village residents, the Census profiled over 5,200 retirement village residents nationally to identify the decision drivers that motivate nearly 20,000 senior Australians to make the life-changing move to a village each year.

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Download the report’s Executive Summary
To purchase the full report, please contact Villages Publishing