Seniors housing rights on tour

The Queensland Retirement Village and Park Advisory Service (QRVPAS) at Caxton Legal Centre is set to launch another year of statewide community talks, aimed at informing Queenslanders about their rights in retirement villages and manufactured homes (over 50’s parks). 

With increased scrutiny on seniors living arrangements community interest is expected to be high. 

“There’s a current growth in recognition of how important it is to ensure that older people are treated with respect, whatever their living arrangement. Our service informs people of the things they should look out for when signing a retirement village or manufactured home contract, and what their rights are if they experience a dispute,” said QVRPAS lawyer Brittany Smeed 

QVRPAS encourages self-resolution of matters by equipping residents with information about their legal rights, with a focus on assisting vulnerable individuals. People with more complex matters may be eligible for personalised help including legal advice and ongoing support.  

“Everyone should be able to enjoy their retirement.  We will talk about the steps to take to resolve issues if things aren’t going to plan with someone’s living arrangements. Our talks provide people with practical information that empowers them to stand up for themselves,” said Ms Smeed. 

Feedback on past sessions has been overwhelmingly positive, for example some attendees have commented: 

It was informative and information really equates to power.” 

“Very informative, easy to understand, well presented.”  

“Excellent that we now know that we have a place to turn to when legal help is needed.” 

The QRVPAS legal information talks will travel as far north as Cairns, along the Fraser Coast and out west to the South Burnett region, as well as to a range of other regional towns. The full schedule of dates and locations is now available.

Regular updates on our legal talks can be found on the Caxton Legal Centre Facebook page and the Caxton Legal Centre website at 

Media Contact Brittany Smeed, Lawyer, Caxton Legal Centre: (07) 3214 6333