A content analysis

Given the ageing of the Australian population, providing affordable housing and accommodation for older people is one of the foci of government policies. Australia faces significant challenges in providing supportive accommodation and care for older people who need both secure and comfortable homes and appropriate social environments to support ongoing interactions within the community [1]. Retirement villages are one type of accommodation that provides age-specific housing for older adults. The term ‘retirement village’ in the Australian context normally refers to a community, or complex, containing residential premises that are occupied predominately or exclusively by retired persons [2].

The exact definition of retirement village varies to some degree across the nation, as defined in the Retirement Villages Act of each state.

In some villages, serviced apartments and low/high care accommodation are also provided and operated according to government regulations. Each Australian state and territory has specific legislation (Retirement Villages Acts and Regulations) that regulates the industry and protects residents. Legally, a retirement village is operating under a retirement villages scheme where older members of the community or retired persons reside, or intend to reside, in independent living units or serviced units [3].