Message from the President


As the peak industry body representing the retirement living sector, the Retirement Living Council represents and works with some of the country’s biggest, best and most innovative retirement village operators, along with strategic partners and resident representatives.

Marie-Louise MacDonald – Division President (Chief Executive Officer, Masonic Care WA)

Our policies and industry improvement initiatives are focused on increase housing choices for all senior Australians, and lifting the profile of the sector in governments, media and the general public.

We know that the rapid increase in the senior population will only continue to impact the way the property industry develops and critically the role of retirement villages will only become more important as governments reset public policy to sustainably support the accommodation and care needs of older Australians.

Supported by our state advocacy teams and the Property Council state Retirement Committees we also strive to have our finger on the pulse of the diverse mix of state regulation and legislation that frames the industry. We are also at the forefront, driving industry improvement through the 8 Point Plan, the Code of Conduct for Retirement Living and the Australian Retirement Village Accreditation Scheme.

Membership of the Property Council and specifically the Retirement Living Council allows you to have an active voice in shaping the policies and actions we need to ensure the sector grows as our population ages. By establishing and guiding a policy agenda, and contributing submission feedback on Government policies and initiatives, leading and participating in committees, asking questions at events and investing in advocacy and research directly relevant to your interests.

In addition to advocacy, the Property Council runs industry specific professional development courses online and in all states; networking and forum events; as well as a two-day national conference. As a member, you receive a discounted rate on events, conferences and educational initiatives such as the village manager training and village accreditation.