Supporting ACT retirement village residents – consumer rights

With Canberrans aged 55 years and over most likely to fall victim to scams, an education and awareness program is now underway across retirement villages to help residents to know their consumer rights.

 

Australian Capital Territory Minister for Consumer Affairs Shane Rattenbury said, “We know nationally there tends to be an over representation of older residents falling victim to a wide range of scams and we see a similar pattern here in the ACT.

 

“In 2017 $73.9 million was lost nationally due to scams but of this $38.7 million was lost by people aged over 55 years old.

 

Aside from online scams, residents may also fall victim to fake charity appeals, lottery scams and even door to door approaches.

 

“These residents may be more trusting, and may not be as technologically literate when encountering scams online or elsewhere,” Mr Rattenbury said.

 

“Through this proactive program our senior residents are provided with key information on how to identify, avoid and report scams as well as what they can do if they do fall victim.”

 

Access Canberra will visit 32 retirement villages between now and May 2018 with seven sessions undertaken so far.

 

The program also supports residents to understand changes to the Retirement Villages Act which occurred in 2016.

 

Residents will also be also talked through changes in the Act and what it means for them when it comes to topics such as security of premises, administration of their accommodation, account management by providers and the management of disputes should they arise.

 

See also the Money Smart's Your Home at https://www.moneysmart.gov.au/life-events-and-you/over-55s/your-home

 

28 February 2018.