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PamGraudenz, a resident of a retirement village in Campbell, is fighting for resident rightssafeguards for all
retirement residents in Canberra.
Picture: Gary Schafer
Assembly looks into village management
RESIDENTS in retirement villages in
Canberra will receive more certainty
about their rights with legislation soon
to be tabled in the Legislative
The ACT is the only jurisdiction in
the country that does not have legis-
lation governing the management of
Such villages operate under a code
of practice but this is seen by many
residents as too simple and "not good
Member for Ginninderra Mary Por-
ter has campaigned for legislation to be
enacted in the Territory to improve the
rights of residents and provide cer-
tainty to the industry.
She has recently conducted a round-
table discussion with residents, peak
bodies and the Retirement Villages
Association to work through the final
compromises between the parties.
This legislation will be tabled in
principle by Ms Porter during a sitting
week in October.
She said the legislation was the first
step towards a more "harmonised"
national stance on retirement village
"It will give certainty not only to
residents but to the industry itself," she
The ACT Retirement Village Re-
sidents Association has advocated
strongly for the new laws since
forming in November last year.
Acting president Pam Graudenz said
people living in retirement villages
often faced uncertainty over the man-
agement of their money and the flow of
information provided to them.
She said the current industry code of
practice did not provide enough pro-
tection for residents and the ACT
Office of Fair Trading was limited in
the complaints they could deal with.
Ms Graudenz said the association
had been working hard to attract new
members and inform people about
their situation living in a village.
"A lot of residents in retirement
villages don't know about the code,
don't understand their rights and are
not prepared to make official com-
plaints," she said.
"We want to work cooperatively,
our slogan says to inform and to
represent and to negotiate for residents
in self-care villages and that's exactly
what we want to do."
She says the new laws will make it
easier for everyone involved.
"It will be much clearer, not only for
residents but also management as to
how the financial aspects are supposed
to operate," she said.
The association will hold its first
AGM on Friday, September 9 at the
Majura Community Centre in Dickson
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