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Village living in a real community

Each of our units is built and maintained to a very high standard, and our grounds tended for accessibility and beauty.

Every unit has open plan living and kitchen areas, a bathroom/laundry and one or two bedrooms.

Stoves are electric, and all other whitegoods and furniture are brought by residents.

Every unit has a unique floor plan; some feature front courtyards and others rear gardens.

In Highton the 64 units enjoy a northerly aspect, located within a very attractive three hectare property. Housing is positioned so that residents can maintain their privacy, with the reassurance of close neighbours in times of need. There are a limited number of garages and car ports on site and these are allocated on a wait turn basis when a vacant garage becomes available

In Anglesea, units are set in well maintained gardens and feature either an attached garage or allocated carport. Single person households may choose to pay for a two bedroom unit if they wish.

Apply for a unit

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Eligibility

Sirovilla Units are for independent living. Please note that when residents are no longer able to live independently (with supports), further arrangements will be required.

Prospective residents should be aged over 55 and in receipt of at least $1 from Centrelink. Applications will only be taken from people over 55 years. All applicants should make contact with Christine Bubb, Resident Services Coordinator, to arrange an interview prior to submitting an application on 03 5241 1517.

Wait list

At Sirovilla, we operate a wait list system at both Lions Village Anglesea and Sirovilla Retirement Village in Geelong; with greater demand for our Highton Village resulting in a significantly longer wait list than our seaside village. Applicants can expect to be waiting several years or more prior to being offered a unit.

Demand for larger units is high, and we do understand prospective residents’ desire for a spare bedroom for family or carer visits. At Highton, however, the considerable demand for accommodation means we can only allocate a two bedroom unit to a couple.

At Anglesea where accommodation demands are not as high, a single person may choose to pay the increased ingoing contribution for a two bedroom unit.

All potential applicants will need to make contact with Christine prior to submitting an application.

Sirovilla will endeavour to make contact by mail with all households on the wait list at least once every two years to reconfirm their interest in being offered a unit at Highton of Anglesea.

It is, however, applicants’ responsibility to make contact with Sirovilla should their contact details change while on the wait list.

Allocating a unit

To manage the very high demand for retirement accommodation, Sirovilla has developed a wait list policy. When a unit becomes available, the person/s at the top of the list will be offered the vacant unit. If the unit is refused, it is offered to the next person/s on the list. Each person/s will be offered a unit a maximum of 3 times. If all 3 offers are refused, the person/s revert to the bottom of the wait list.

Demand for larger units is high, and we do understand prospective residents’ desire for a spare bedroom for family or carer visits. At Highton, however, the considerable demand for accommodation means we can only allocate a two bedroom unit to a couple.

At Anglesea where accommodation demands are not as high, a single person may choose to pay the increased ingoing contribution for a two bedroom unit.

Fee structure

Our fee structure consists of an ingoing contribution (not applicable for low income households) and also a rent.

A low income household is determined by Centrelink’s Income Assessment for Housing Authorities and documentation will be required by Sirovilla following a formal offer.

As a not for profit, Sirovilla receives considerable federal government tax benefits. This enables us to provide housing at affordable cost; however we are obligated to provide 65% of our housing to applicants that qualify as low income households. This entry category is known as concessional entry.

In practice this means that 65% of the units are reserved for low income older person households (concessional) with less than $30,000 in either assets or annual income. Retirement and superannuation savings are excluded from this calculation.

We do rely on households with assets and income above the $30,000 threshold to assist to provide sufficient capital for Sirovilla to maintain the facilities and units by paying an ingoing contribution. This household category is known as a self sponsor entry.

All residents pay rent, which is calculated to be equivalent to 25% of household income and 100% of rent assistance. In some cases, smaller unit size may mean even lower rent.

Application forms

Please download your application form here.

Sirovilla welcomes your application, and we encourage you to discuss your plans with family and friends.

If you’d like to talk in person, you can make an appointment to meet Christine Bubb, our Resident Services Coordinator by calling 03 5241 1517.

Nola can answer all your questions and advise you on the application form if needed.

Once we receive your application, we’ll be in contact. You can call to update your contact details or check your position on the wait list anytime. Please note that if we are unable to contact you, you may be removed from the wait list.

Agreements

Under the Retirement Villages Act 1986 we are required to give a prospective resident at least 21 days to read the contract. This provides an opportunity for prospective residents to get external advice before signing an important document, which is your residency agreement and becomes a binding contract between you and Sirovilla. By law we are also required to give prospective residents a copy of our disclosure statement.

You can find out more about residency agreements at the Victorian Consumer Affairs website.