The Property Council of Australia and Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) are pleased to announce they will be partnering to deliver a renewed accreditation scheme for the retirement living industry.

The Property Council and LASA have officially entered a joint Heads-of-Agreement for co-management of a renewed scheme, with both organisations to work over the coming months to merge the existing Lifemark and IRCAS schemes into a single entity.

Ben Myers, Executive Director – Retirement Living at the Property Council, says ensuring retirement living accreditation delivers real outcomes and raises standards for residents is a key priority in 2018 and beyond.

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

Sean Rooney, Chief Executive Officer at LASA, says one national accreditation scheme will help to strengthen the system, assisting both consumers and providers of retirement living.

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

“LASA looks forward to working with the Property Council on this important initiative,” he said.

Members from the Property Council and LASA will form a joint steering committee to advise on and oversee the changes to retirement living accreditation, with a view to finalising the new scheme over coming months.

For more information on the LASA – Property Council partnership, download our Accreditation FAQs  and Media Release.