Attention Victorian retirement village residents: disputes will now go to a new government-funded service
The Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria (DSCV) will now handle any matters between retirement village residents or management from the end of April.
Previously, Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) provided this service, while disputes between residents could be taken to DSCV, which is free and confidential.
CAV will still provide advice to village operators, managers and residents on their rights and responsibilities.
However, they recommend residents and managers still use the village’s internal dispute resolution process first.
It’s a good reminder to be aware of what the process is for your village.
The recent villages.com.au National Resident Survey found 44 per cent of the nearly 20,000 residents who took part didn’t know what the complaints process was for their village.
Make sure you know how to raise an issue – it’s more likely to be resolved faster and with less stress for everyone involved.