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2024 Program Overview

A healthier, happier future

Session information
12:00pm– 4:30pm
Summit Site Tours

To find out more about our site tours.

4:30pm – 6:30pm
Welcome Function & Registration

Get to your fellow attendees who you will be spending the next couple days with. There will be an official welcome to country. 

7:00pm – 9:30pm

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Presidents’ dinner

Invitation only

Session information
8:00am – 9:00am
Registration open
9:00am – 9:20am
Conference Opening


Daniel Gannon

Executive Director
Retirement Living Council

Jess Adamson

Journalist, Speaker, Event Host/Facilitator, Former 7 News Presenter

9:20am – 10:20am
The Age of Opportunity: How better Housing can lead to better Health

As Australia’s shift towards an ageing population continues at pace, the World Health Organization has declared loneliness a “global public health concern”. All the while, housing affordability, accessibility and the cost of living are creating risks and opportunities for governments, industry and consumers alike.

Returning to the National Retirement Living Summit in 2024, renown demographer Simon Kuestenmacher pulls together the latest data and modelling to conjure an evidence-based vision of the future of retirement living and Australia’s population at large.

Simon Kuestenmacher

Director and Co-founder
The Demographics Group

Mike Zorbas

Chief Executive
Property Council of Australia

10:20am – 11:00am

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A view from the top

Retirement living in Australia is on the threshold of a golden growth opportunity. Leaders from across the industry will share their views on emerging trends and demand forecasts, alongside their thoughts on the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Dr Brett Robinson

Chief Executive Officer, RetireAustralia
Vice-President, Retirement Living Council

Kim Teudt

Executive General Manager – Retirement Living, Bolton Clarke
Vice-President, Retirement Living Council
Retirement Living Life Member

Michelle Bruggeman

Chief Operating Officer

Nathan Cockerill

Chief Executive Officer

Tony Randello

Chief Executive Officer, Aveo Group
National President, Retirement Living Council

Daniel Gannon

Executive Director
Retirement Living Council

11:00am – 11:40am
Morning tea
11:40am – 12:20pm
Concurrent Session
How retirement villages can evolve with governance best practice

As the retirement living sector evolves from an industry predominantly focused on housing to one which is increasingly providing care and wellbeing services, governance structures and industry best practice must also evolve to ensure compliance while fostering innovation and ongoing resident satisfaction.

With changes to the Aged Care Act and numerous state-based legislative reviews occurring across the country, there is no better time to take stock and ensure boards and executives are best equipped to meet the demands of this shifting landscape.

Participants in this panel will explore various facets of legislative changes impacting retirement village governance, including regulatory compliance, risk management, and resident rights.

Claire Scapinello

Chief Executive

Donna Rayner

Russell Kennedy Lawyers

Grant Corderoy

Senior Partner

Sonya Beyers

Governance by Design

Jane Monk

Chief Executive Officer
Gannon Lifestyle Communities

11:40am – 12:20pm
Concurrent Session
The resident experience

As a self-funded housing option, retirement villages are consumer focused at their core, with built form and service offerings designed to foster a sense of community and wellbeing for residents. However, it is the people who make the biggest difference, and a good resident experience is the heart of a welcoming village.

By amplifying resident voices and perspectives, this session empowers attendees to understand the practical inputs to wellbeing, ensuring that retirement villages remain safe, supportive, and enriching environments for residents and staff alike.

Dr Elizabeth Lanyon

Independent Chair
Retirement Living Code Review Panel

Judy Mayfield

The Association of Residents of Qld. Retirement Villages

Robert Fitzgerald AM

Age Discrimination Commissioner
Australian Human Rights Commission

Roger Pallant

NSW Retirement Village Residents Association.

Richard Fowler

South Australia Deputy Executive Director
Property Council of Australia

12:25pm – 1:05pm
Concurrent Session
The future of care 

Australians are getting older, and while they continue to live longer, healthier lives, there are increasing impacts on the residential aged care and healthcare sectors. These challenges are becoming more pronounced given the demographic shift that our nation is staring down.

As the government looks to ensure that financial support for living at home remains sustainable, the number of recipients of the home-based support packages only continues to grow.

We know through the Better Housing for Better Health report that living independently in a retirement community delays entry into taxpayer funded aged care, freeing up space in the hospital system, and delivers significant economic savings to government budgets.

This panel will explore how the retirement sector is already providing community-based care for residents at all stages of their care journey, investigating how we can do more to ensure that older Australians are living independently for as long as possible through care and wellbeing services.

Beverly Smith

Chief Commercial Officer
Amplar Health

Cameron Holland

CEO – Australia
Ryman Healthcare Australia

Cassandra Mathews

Chief Executive – Seniors Living

Dr Nick Hartland PSM

First Assistant Secretary, Ageing and Aged Group
Department of Health and Aged Care

Richard Ainley

Partner, Healthcare

12:25pm – 1:05pm
Concurrent Session
Focusing on the E in ESG

As baby boomers become the dominant cohort to embrace retirement living, energy efficiency and sustainable lifestyles are no longer distant concerns but essential considerations as they seek comfortable futures.

While the Better Housing for Better Health report already shows that rightsizing can reduce older Australians’ household energy consumption by 35 per cent, there is more to the picture for village operators as ESG considerations are increasingly crucial for lending institutions, asset managers, and construction authorities alike.

Focusing on the E in ESG helps to spotlight the key environmental issues being faced by retirement operators across Australia. With the average age villages approaching 30 years old, issues around embedded carbon, energy efficiency and sustainable re-development regulations become more relevant as operators look to exceed the built form requirements into the future.

Lisa Dowie

Active Utilities

Magali Wardle

Head of Market Development

Nathan Cockerill

Chief Executive Officer

Parag Shinde

National Manager – ESG (Property)
Australian Unity

Tony Massaro

KordaMentha Real Estate

1:05pm – 2:05pm
2:05pm – 2:55pm
Economic Horizons: Navigating Challenges, Seizing Opportunities

Against a backdrop of escalating global conflict, major elections and transformative shifts in technology and the workforce, esteemed economist Saul Eslake will join the 2024 National Retirement Living Summit to provide his strategic analysis and outline what it means for investors, policy makers and the cost of living. 

Saul Eslake


Kate Purbrick

State Director, Health
ANZ Corporate and Institutional Banking

2:55pm – 3:25pm

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Redefining Investment: Retirement Villages as Social Infrastructure

Australia’s rapidly ageing population represents a significant demand driver for age-friendly infrastructure such as aged care facilities and allied health services, however with economic headwinds and regulatory uncertainty playing major roles, the investment picture into the sector is much more complex.

While retirement communities have operated in Australia for over sixty years, there has been significant institutional investment recently in the sector by major Australian and international firms, leading to a consolidation of ownership across the country. Concurrently, many retirement communities have evolved to deliver privately funded allied health and wellbeing services to residents.

For the first time, senior executives from these firms are meeting at the National Retirement Living Summit to discuss what they see as the major opportunities and barriers for growth for retirement communities.

Moderated by ANZ, this session will consider where retirement communities fit within Australia’s social infrastructure space, how private investment supports governments in achieving better public health and infrastructure outcomes and investigate future growth and operational trends for the sector.

Anjana Moran

Portfolio Manager – Property Investments
Aware Super

Sam Franklin

Managing Director
EQT Partners

Sophie Fallman

Managing Partner, Real Estate

Wayne Jobson

State Director
ANZ Health

3:25pm – 4:00pm
Afternoon tea
4:00pm – 4:20pm
2023 Retirement Living Census Launch

Celebrating its tenth edition in 2024, the National Retirement Living Census stands as the most comprehensive data source on retirement villages in Australia. Partnering again with PwC, it covers a wide range of information, including the physical characteristics of villages, ownership details, business attributes, and key demographic information.

With record participation anticipated for this year, the Census is an invaluable resource for policymakers and investors, offering a deep understanding of the sector’s dynamics. It sheds light on the key drivers, challenges, and opportunities on the horizon, guiding informed decision-making and strategic planning for the future of retirement living in Australia.

Funminiyi Oduko

Partner – Corporate Value Advisory

Meredith Chester

Partner – Corporate Value Advisory

4:20pm – 4:55pm
The Great Debate: Can BTR, Retirement Communities and Land Lease happily coexist

Right across the country, policy makers of all persuasions agree that Australia needs more affordable housing and quickly. However, with a raft of different accommodation options catering to our ageing population, is there room in the market for all comers or does one type reign supreme? 

In what promises to be a passionate and educative debate, industry experts will explore the potential for harmonious coexistence among Build-to-rent, Retirement Communities and Land Lease models.  

The panel will dissect the unique benefits and risks of in each model and consider the regulatory hurdles and economic variables, helping to dispel misunderstandings of each type while navigating Australia’s undersupplied housing landscape.  

Attendees will receive a comprehensive understanding of the market dynamics at play, the opportunities for both residents and investors, and hopefully an answer to the question; can Build-to-rent, Retirement Communities and Land lease can happily coexist? 

Natalie Kwok

Chief Investment Officer and General Counsel
Ingenia Communities Group

Scott Ponton

Managing Director

Tony Randello

Chief Executive Officer, Aveo
National President, Retirement Living Council

Jess Caire

QLD Executive Director
Property Council of Australia

4:55pm – 5:00pm
Day 1 Wrap up

Daniel Gannon, Executive Director, Retirement Living Council

Summit day 1 ends
6:30pm – 7:00pm
National Retirement Living Awards Pre-Awards function
7:00pm – 11:00pm

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National Retirement Living Awards Gala Dinner

View finalists

Session information
8:00am – 8:45am 
Registration open | Networking Breakfast
8:45am – 8:50am 
Conference Opening & Housekeeping
8:50am – 9:30am

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Retirement Living National Planning Report Card launch

Planning systems are a crucial enabler of housing in good times let alone when affordability is eroding, and supply is under duress. Given the number of Australians over the age of 75 is set to increase by over 70 per cent by 2040, appropriate levels of age-friendly and age-appropriate housing supply is paramount.


For these reasons – and based on firsthand industry experience – the Retirement Living Council has partnered with Urbis to determine how planning systems across Australia are supporting the development of retirement villages and seniors’ housing.


The Retirement Living National Planning Report Card presents a competitive national scorecard, rating states against key criteria to determine areas where planning systems are performing well, more importantly, where things need to improve.

Kylie Newcombe

Associate Director

Oliver Luckhurst-Smith

National Policy Manager
Retirement Living Council

9:30am – 10:00am

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Keynote Address

Senator the Hon Anne Ruston

Shadow Minister for Health and Aged Care, Shadow Minister for Sport and Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate.

Daniel Gannon

Executive Director, Retirement Living Council

10:05am – 10:40am

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Concurrent Session
Aspire to Retire: How to grow public perception of the retirement living sector

“I wish I’d moved sooner” is a phrase often repeated when asking people about their experience of moving into a retirement village, however while almost 30% of Australians over 55 are considering rightsizing, we know that the vast majority of people chose not to live in a retirement village.

While the inequitable application of government financial schemes such as the Age Pension asset test and Commonwealth Rent Assistance are acknowledged as major disincentives to rightsizing, the external perception of the retirement living sector plays a significant role as it does not always match up with the overwhelmingly positive resident experience.

Throughout the session, panelists will investigate the misconceptions and the realities, share success stories, and provide practical recommendations for reframing the discourse around retirement living. By highlighting the social, economic, and health benefits of retirement communities, attendees will gain valuable insights into how to effectively communicate the value proposition of these living arrangements to the broader public and help raise the sector’s profile as a whole.

Amber Cartwright

Senior Director
Ansell Strategic

Bridgid Allsopp

Head of Marketing and Communications

Jade Lindrea-Jones

General Manager Marketing
Ryman Healthcare Australia

Rachel Lane

Village Guru

10:05am – 10:40am

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Concurrent Session
The future of work and the next generation of retirement professionals

Hiring and retaining good people can be difficult in any sector, however with staff shortages, changes to award rates and immigration policy as well as the persistent threat of talent poaching by adjacent care sectors makes growing the retirement living workforce in 2024 incredibly challenging.

Panelists will share insights on the state of recruitment in the sector, exploring methods to attract and retain top talent while mitigating the allure of competing industries in an increasingly competitive landscape.

This session aims to inspire a renewed commitment to workforce development and sector sustainability, providing attendees with the tools and strategies needed to promote retirement living as a viable career to cultivate a skilled and dedicated workforce.

Christine Gilroy

Chief Executive Officer
Oak Tree Group

Craig Syphers

Chief Operating Officer
Reside Communities

Kim Teudt

Executive General Manager – Retirement Living, Bolton Clarke
Vice-President, Retirement Living Council
Retirement Living Life Member

James Wiltshire

Executive Director
DCM Institute

Tamara Rasmussen

Head of Resident Operations

10:40am – 11:20am
Concurrent Session
Excellence in planning and design

At a time when housing supply is a dominant issue across Australia, well designed retirement communities can support the housing market, enhance resident well-being, promote social interaction, and lay the foundation for integrated, age-friendly communities which expand beyond the village footprint.

With existing village redevelopments requiring sensitive planning and negotiation and as operators compete with other housing developers for access to new land, careful evidence-based master planning becomes paramount to ensure that villages not only meet current needs but also adapt to future demands with resilience and foresight.

Excellence in planning and design focuses on industry best practice for master planning, highlighting the trends towards medium density and mixed-use villages.

Princess Ventura

Regional Director

Paul Chang

Associate Director
Marchese Partners | Life 3A

Sean Graham

Chief Executive Officer
Aura Holdings

Simon Furness

Director of Property and Housing
Uniting NSW.ACT

10:40am – 11:20am
Concurrent Session
The Invisible Missing Middle

Learn more about “Project Grace”, the innovative initiative designed to provide safe and secure housing for the largest growing cohort of people experiencing homelessness – women over the age of 55.

Join us to explore the project’s journey from its inception to the collaborative efforts driving its success. Our expert panellists will delve into the critical role of social consciousness, emphasizing the psychological and welfare assistance needed to support this vulnerable group.

Learn how philanthropy plays a vital role in this mission, aiming for the paramount goal of secure housing for older women. This presentation will showcase the potential for innovation and the profound impact of collective efforts in transforming lives.

Emily Cormack

National Manager, Social Impact
Equity Trustees

Nathan Cockerill

Chief Executive Officer

Peter Nilsson

Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer
Community Villages Australia

Rhonda Andrews

Managing Director
Barrington Centre

M-L MacDonald

Chief Executive Officer
Masonic Care WA

11:20am – 12:00pm
Morning tea
12:00pm – 12:50pm
The island where people forget to die

Delve into the fascinating world of Blue Zones, regions around the globe where residents are renowned for their longevity and vibrant health. Join Marcus as he shares the secrets of these extraordinary communities, where residents not only live longer, but experience significantly lower rates of cancer, heart disease, dementia, and mental health issues compared to the global average.

In this captivating keynote, Marcus shares insights gleaned from his journeys the small Greek island of Ikaria, the longevity epicentre of the world, as well as his hit podcast 100 Not Out where he investigates the principles which underpin the strategies which promote longevity and vitality.

Prepare to rethink your approach to work, relationships, mental well-being, and the passage of time as Marcus guides you on a transformative journey through the secrets of the world’s longest-living communities.

Don’t miss this opportunity to unlock the secrets of Blue Zones and embark on a journey toward a longer, healthier, and more fulfilling life.

Marcus Pearce

Longevity and Life Design Strategist

Dr Brett Robinson

Chief Executive Officer, RetireAustralia
Vice-President, Retirement Living Council

12:50pm – 1:00pm
Summit Wrap-up
Summit ends

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