Registration of a retirement village scheme - Queensland


You will need this registration if you intend to establish or operate a retirement village scheme. Retirement villages are premises where a community of seniors live in independent living units or serviced units and share common facilities and amenities. They cater for retirees and older members of the community who can live independently. In some villages, personal care and support services can be purchased for a fee.

You will need to issue a village comparison document, prospective costs document and resident contract to all prospective residents. As contracts are often complex, all operators are strongly urged to consult professional advisers regarding the scheme documentation.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this registration, you must not:

  • be insolvent under administration
  • have a conviction for fraud or dishonesty punishable by at least 3 months imprisonment, or for an offence of physical violence.



Ongoing unless cancelled


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Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $2620.16

Fees for 2023-24

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Application process


To register a retirement village scheme, you will need to:

  • complete the application form and pay the registration fee
  • complete the village comparison document
  • apply for a criminal history check and submit a national police certificate for all individuals listed in the application form (fees may apply)
  • lodge the entire application (read the form for lodgement details).

Transfer process


The existing scheme operator may transfer control of a retirement village scheme's operation to a new scheme operator. The existing scheme operator must give the chief executive a transition plan and notice of the proposal in the approved form. Following approval of the transition plan, the existing scheme operator and new scheme operator must comply with the approved plan when transitioning control of the scheme's operation.

Approval time

Up to 60 days

Administering agency

Department of Housing, Local Government, Planning and Public Works

Regulatory Services

Contact details

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