The Retirement Villages Association’s annual conference kicks off on Sunday 30 June 2019 at the Sofitel, Brisbane Central.

Being on Aussie soil this year means delegates will get a chance to learn from the Australian experience.

The Australian retirement village sector has had a difficult few years, but Retirement Living Council’s President M-L Macdonald will look at the rationale for and the outcomes of their nationwide campaign to rebuild trust, showcase the benefits of retirement village living, and encourage residents’ interests in the sector.

Aveo perhaps suffered the worst of the negative publicity storm and incurred reputational damage. Stephen Gook, Aveo’s Marketing Manager, takes a close look at how the company managed the storm and how they’re performing today.

A panel of Aussie industry leaders will outline some of their innovative business models that could provide alternatives to the LTO business model.

Here in New Zealand, it’s been a great few years for the RV industry, but some of the cyclical factors that have driven the sector’s growth are shifting. Jill Somerfield and Chris Hedley from PwC draw on their experience of previous downturns in the industry to identify some challenges that may lie ahead.

The RVA commissioned research into the public’s attitudes into the retirement villages and Marc Elliott from UMR presents the findings.

There will also be a panel discussion on putting ORAs into care suites, led by former Summerset chief executive Norah Barlow. The panel will look at operational, legal, funding, valuation and statutory supervisory aspects.

Another panel discussion will focus on residents’ issues. Jennifer Mahony, from  Fairway Resolution, will lead Troy Churton, Nigel Matthews (the newly-appointed Executive Officer for the Residents’ Association) and Martin Oettli (General Manager Operations with Real Living) as they take a look at a range of issues of concern to residents.

The conference will also look at negotiating the Resource Management Act, along with other council processes. As a resource management and environmental law practitioner, Luke Hinchey will go through some recent RMA process changes and reveal what the government has on the horizon for further reform.

The conference will also feature some excellent keynote speakers including Raelene Castle (CEO Rugby Australia), David Plank (Head of Economics, ANZ Australia), Rev Tim Costello (Director Micah Australia), and Dr Peter Wilton (UCLA Berkeley), who will all speak on different aspects of disruption and delivery.

The full programme can be accessed here.

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