Retirement Villages and Aged Care

Minter Ellison is one of the few Australian law firms to have a dedicated national retirement village and aged care practice.

We have acted for the industry for more than 25 years, managing the acquisition and disposal of retirement villages and facilities in every State of Australia. During this time we have also provided a comprehensive range of legal services including structuring/start-ups, scheme document drafting, ongoing management of villages and regulatory compliance. Our experience comes from advising many of Australia's major retirement village and aged care developers and through having also acted for large Australian banks in relation to funding in this sector.

Our team understands the sector, its needs, relevant government policy and legislative requirements. We provide proactive and prompt assistance to industry participants on a variety of compliance issues including specialised consideration of the relevant legislation.

24 April 2014

In addition to the 191 Minter Ellison lawyers named in 2014 Best Lawyers Australia list, 23 of our partners have been singled out for an additional accolade – awarded the title of "Lawyer of the Year".

6 November 2013

The Full Federal Court handed down its appeal decision in MBI Properties Pty Limited v Commissioner of Taxation [2013] FCAFC 112 on 18 October 2013, regarding the GST consequences arising from the sale of leased residential property as a going concern.

31 May 2013

The Retail Leases Regulations 2013 (VIC) came into effect on 22 April 2013. Its effect was to replace the former multi-function Victorian disclosure statement with four separate disclosure statements which are to be used in specific situations. While there is a degree of logic in this approach, it is disappointing that Victoria has now seemingly stepped away from a national approach by acting unilaterally. This article sets out ten things that individuals preparing or reviewing disclosure statements should know.

26 April 2013

The New South Wales Government released today a regulation which prescribes the use of a standard form of retirement village contract, a general inquiry document and a revised disclosure statement. Use of these new documents is mandatory from 1 October 2013.

27 March 2013

Important amendments have been made to the Retirement Villages Act 1986 (VIC) introducing stringent disclosure requirements on owners and operators of retirement villages in Victoria. The amendments enable prospective residents to better compare retirement villages before signing a contract.