Everything you need to know about Retirement Villages

At IRT we understand that it can be difficult to know where to start when researching your retirement living options.

To assist with your retirement journey, we’ve answered some of your most commonly asked questions.

How much do retirement villages cost?

We understand making the move to a retirement village is an important financial decision. That is why are here to explain how each payment option works and help you find the right one to suit you.

The cost of living in a retirement village  will be depend on the location you choose, the size of the villa or unit and the pricing option you choose. As a retirement village resident, you’ll also make regular contributions to the cost of maintaining your community, similar to a strata levy.

What’s the difference between a retirement village and aged care?

When it comes to understanding the difference between a retirement village and aged care centre, it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start.

Retirement villages are best for people who are still able to live independently in their own home, but want to enjoy the benefits of living in a community with other older Australians.

Retirement villages come in many shapes and sizes and can range from small one-or-two-bedroom units, to four-bedroom villas and high-rise apartments.

What is a Retirement Village?

A retirement village is a community of likeminded people over the age of 55. You live independently in your own home and enjoy the benefits of community living.

Entertain family and friends by the pool or our many social spaces, attend community activities/events and have your home maintenance taken care of while you travel.

As your needs change you can access allied health services at most sites, community transport and home care. You’ll feel safe and supported with your Retirement Village Manager and neighbours close by.

Is independent living right for me?

You can live the life you want in an IRT retirement village. Make new friends and have an active social life or enjoy more peace and quiet in your new home.

Independent living gives you more choice and control over how you live your life and a low-maintenance, hassle-free home. You can choose to go travelling, knowing your belongings are safe in a secure community.

You can choose to keep busy, with weekly social activities and volunteering. You can also choose to relax… in the gardens, the library or in your home.

Which villas and apartments can I choose from?

You can choose from a range of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom villas or apartments in a variety of communities.

Every IRT retirement village offers something different, but most villas and apartments have outdoor entertaining, open-plan living and all the comforts of home.

If you’ve chosen a new villa or apartment off-the-plan, you can generally choose from a range of colour schemes and finishes.

What community facilities are there?

Our communities are designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind. Every IRT retirement village is different, but facilities may include:


Community centre


Landscaped gardens


BBQ area




Secure parking


Community bus

What happens if my needs change?

We want your IRT retirement village to be your home for life.

If your needs change, you can choose to receive additional support through IRT’s home care services. You can also take advantage of our trusted network of allied health providers, and other service providers.

Unlike most family homes, our villas and apartments feature age friendly design. This means there’s plenty of room for mobility aids, and easy-grip door knobs and taps, for when your needs change.

You’ll feel safe and supported in your community with the help of your Retirement Village Manager and network of like minded neighbours.

Our reviews speak for us

A nice facility
Debbie T.
We have two elderly parents, 101, and 102 years old and they have been married for 75 years. IRT have been amazing in getting these two united again after hospital. So thankful to the beautiful Nicole and Sascha. You have truly been amazing in such a stressful time 💕
carol C.
Best Aged Care Facility
Ben D.
Mein Vater lebt seit einigen Monaten in IRT Woodlands. Ich selbst lebe in Deutschland und war in den letzten Wochen in Australien. In dieser Zeit habe ich meinen Vater oft besucht. Meine Erfahrungen mit dort waren alle ausgesprochen positiv. Alle Mitarbeiter, denen ich begegnet bin waren sehr freundlich und immer darauf bedacht, den Bewohnern und auch den Besuchern den Aufenthalt so angenehm wie möglich zu machen. Besonders Colleen und Scott möchte ich für die Gespräche danken, die wir während meiner Besuche dort geführt haben. Ich bin sehr froh, dass mein Vater in IRT Woodlands so gut aufgehoben ist.
Heidi Ellen K.
Nice staff, lovely gardens and happy residents
Ingrid T.
My father recently chose to enter into care at IRT Woodlands following advice from his doctors and specialists, as well as from the respite centre he attended previously. He feels so well looked after and cared for by the staff. The facility is fantastic and modern, with events and activities planned for residents, many of which my father regularly enjoys. All the staff my family and I have encountered when visiting him have been wonderful: friendly, helpful and communicative. We have met with Colleen, Belinda and other staff, and found them to be open, and communicative, and giving highest priority to the wellbeing of their residents. IRT Woodlands, both facility and staff are well deserving of a 5 star rating.
Cornelia S.
Wonderful and caring place to work for. Fantastic experience, thank you.Warm regards Maria Hepplewhite
Maria H.
My beautiful wife lives there so I visit often,the staff are beautiful angels that are overworked and underpaid
gary B.
I dont live there but good friends do and they are happy and comfy in there home
Donny G.
RE: Resident Pat Lane, posted for StephenOn the 6th May, I visited my sister who is a resident at Sarah Claydon, Milton. After travelling from Tasmania for the visit, I was pleasantly surprised at the cleanliness and quality of the centre. I found the staff were friendly, helpful and caring towards the residents. In particular we were welcomed and assisted by nurse Sandra who was very helpful and kind to us. I left the centre contented that my sister was in good care. Written by Stephen
Nadine de L.

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