If you're moving into a retirement village where you
don't know anyone, it may be important to you to make friends
quickly. If this is the case, then joining the residents committee
may be the answer for you!
Although retirement villages aren't obliged to have these
committees, the vast majority do (other than villages with a very
small number of residents). Formed by residents, these committees
are the channel through which the residents can speak to the
How to become a member of a residents committee
Anyone who lives within a village can stand to be elected to the
residents committee. To be elected, you must receive 50% or more of
the votes cast by the other committee members. There is no
restriction as to how many committee members there can be. Of
course, only residents can be members, so people such as employees
of the village operator, or friends of the resident are unable to
Should office holders be appointed?
There is no formal requirement to appoint a chairman or a
secretary, but it is a good idea to appoint residents to these
positions. This ensures that there is always somebody taking the
minutes of the meeting, and somebody who will keep order if
residents can't agree on an issue.
To ensure the office holders remain accountable and fresh ideas
are always brought to the table, office holders can only hold these
positions for a maximum of three years (unless the village has 20
residents or less).
What are the functions of the committee?
The committee has the right to:
report to the operator on residents' decisions, where
residents' consent is necessary;
apply to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal if there is
a dispute between the residents and the operator;
request information from the operator dealing with changes to
recurrent charges; and,
suggest changes to the retirement village rules or the services
and facilities provided.
As you can see from the above, resident committees serve a vital
purpose in the efficient running of a retirement village, and are
the main voice between operators and residents. Attending a
meeting, or having a role on the committee is also a great way to
meet your fellow residents and start long lasting
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guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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