When you establish a retirement village, you must give a register notification to the Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria. We will then list the village on the public register of retirement villages.
Under the Retirement Villages Act 1986, a retirement village is a community where:
- most residents are 55 years or older or are retired from full-time employment (or are spouses/partners of such people)
- residents receive accommodation and services, other than services provided in a residential care or aged care facility, and
- at least one of the residents, as a contractual condition of entering the retirement village, paid an ingoing contribution that was not rent. It does not matter who made that payment, or whether it was a lump sum or by instalments.
How to register
To submit your register notification, sign-in to your myCAV account. For information on creating your myCAV account, view our About myCAV page.
Create or sign-in to your myCAV account
You will receive confirmation of registration via myCAV and we will update the public register.
There is no fee to register.
Management of retirement villages
Anyone who is in any way involved in the management or promotion of a retirement village must comply with section 17 of the Retirement Villages Act 1986.
This section states that a person who:
- is an insolvent under administration; or,
- has been convicted of an offence involving fraud or dishonesty, within or outside Victoria (punishable by imprisonment for not less than three months) in the last five years
must not be:
- involved in the promotion or sale of residence rights; or,
- in any way concerned in, or take part in, the management of a retirement village (whether directly or indirectly).
Penalties apply for breaching these requirements.