WHO IS THE ARQRV
To advance and protect the interests of residents of retirement villages located in Queensland.
To act as an advocate on behalf of residents of Queensland retirement villages.
To encourage retirement village residents to become involved, through The Association and/or their retirement village Residents’ Committee, in matters regarding their general welfare and finances.
To examine, advise and/or act upon matters referred to The Association by any financial member.
To remain financially and constitutionally independent from bodies involved in the development and/or management of retirement villages
To encourage active membership of The Association.
To remain non-sectarian and non political.
HOW THE ARQRV CAN HELP YOU
What are the benefits of leasehold village
Who is QCAT and how does it influence your life in a retirement village
What is the best way to resolve disputes with village owners and operators
How do reinstatement or refurbishment costs effect you or your estate
Freehold vs Licence vs Leasehold. Which is best for you
Exit fees are expensive. How to understand them
How to deal with elder abuse in villages
So you have chosen the village you like, next step, do you need a lease or a loan licence agreement
YES, I WANT TO BECOME PART OF THE ARQRV
I want to contribute to what the association stands for and become a member
The ARQRV Newsletter
The ARQRV produces two forms of communication with its members.
A monthly email called ARQRV eCONNECT which provides members an update on information and links to items on the ARQRV Web Site.
The ARQRV Newsletter which was produced quarterly will now come out every 4 months and will provide a printed version to all members.
The newsletters are to keep ARQRV members informed of relative issues, important information on changes occurring in the industry that may affect them. They also keep members up to date with the progression of specific cases, issues and government legislation.
What else does the ARQRV do
The ARQRV encourages the formation of Residents’ Committees in Retirement Villages – your village voice, as provided for by the Retirement Villages Act (RVA).
The Association also encourages residents to play a more active role in the administrative and financial affairs of their village. Meetings and Newsletters, and this website also help to promote this role.
Even though the ARQRV Committee are unpaid volunteers from Retirement Villages they are usually available to advise and answer questions from residents and prospective residents by email, letter or phone about village life and its relevant legislation.
Why the ARQRV is necessary
In recent decades, the Retirement Villages scene in Queensland, and other states has witnessed the entry of National and Multinational companies, and their market share has rapidly increased. The emergence of the “for profit” motive, and companies’ commercial responsibilities to shareholders has introduced a new dimension to the concept of Retirement Villages. The rules of commerce are now much more in evidence: Caveat Emptor – Let the buyer beware!
A balance has to be struck between these commercial interests, and the interests and well-being of Retirement Village residents which do not always coincide. These commercial enterprises are very well resourced with influential lobby groups, and legal firms acting on their behalf.
Aims of the Association
The ARQRV will promote the concept of living in Retirement Villages as a preferred, and affordable retirement option to which the elderly – and the not quite so elderly – can retire in comfort, dignity and security. Here they will be able to enjoy a convenient, and congenial lifestyle where leisurely and pleasurable activities outnumber the chores.
The ARQRV aims to advance and protect the rights and interests of ALL residents in Queensland Retirement Villages whether they are Pensioners or Independent Retirees.
The ARQRV will act as an advocate for Residents living in FREEHOLD, LEASEHOLD OR LOAN/LICENCE units on issues which are of concern to ALL older Australians
The ARQRV will promote the concept of living in Retirement Villages as a preferred, and affordable retirement option to which the elderly – and the not quite so elderly – can retire in comfort, dignity and security. Here they will be able to enjoy a convenient, and congenial lifestyle where leisurely and pleasurable activities outnumber the chores. The ARQRV aims to advance and protect the rights and interests of ALL residents in Queensland Retirement Villages whether they are Pensioners or Independent Retirees. The ARQRV will act as an advocate for Residents living in FREEHOLD, LEASEHOLD OR LOAN/LICENCE units on issues which are of concern to ALL older Australians
The Association of Residents of Queensland Retirement Villages (ARQRV) was formed in 1992 on the advice of the then Minister for Consumer Affairs to represent the interests of Retirement Village Residents in negotiations with the industry and all levels of government. The Association represents residents from Leasehold, Loan/Licence and Freehold Retirement Villages.
The ARQRV is an organisation with an informed knowledge of the legislation pertaining to Retirement Villages, and an understanding of the structure and function of the Retirement Village industry. The ARQRV has to be familiar with all aspects of lifestyles in Retirement Villages, and sensitive to the needs and aspirations of the residents. We believe the ARQRV fulfils those roles.