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New accreditation scheme for retirement living industry

The Property Council of Australia and Leading Age Services Australia have announced they will collaborate to deliver a new accreditation scheme for the retirement living industry.

The two organisations have officially entered a partnership for the co-management of a renewed scheme, and over the coming months will work to merge the existing Lifemark and IRCAS schemes into a single entity.

Property Council executive director Ben Myers said the key priority of the agreement would be to ensure that retirement living accreditation delivered real outcomes and raised standards for senior residents.

“A robust accreditation scheme for Australian retirement villages will deliver peace of mind to incoming and current residents about the quality of their community and the capability of their village’s staff and procedures,” he said.

“We’re delighted to be working with LASA to ensure our industry delivers a solution that will help to raise standards across the industry.”

LASA chief executive Sean Rooney said a unified national accreditation scheme would help strengthen the system, and benefit both consumers and providers.

“A clear, strong, single accreditation scheme will set new benchmarks for community expectations and deliver greater consumer confidence for the industry,” he said.

Members from both groups will form a joint committee to oversee the changes to retirement living accreditation, with a new scheme to be finalised in the coming months.

All organisations currently accredited under Lifemark or IRCAS will transition to the new scheme when it is operational. Until the new scheme is launched, both previous schemes will continue to operate as normal.

Participation in the unified scheme will be voluntary for all retirement living providers.

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