Understanding the peak bodies that represent the sector

Three major peak bodies play an important role in our sector.

They are:

Leading Aged Services Australia (LASA)

A national association for aged services providers across residential care, home care and retirement living.

Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA)

A leading national peak body supporting Not For Profit church, charitable and for purpose providers of retirement living, community, home and residential care.

The Retirement Living Council (RLC)

A dedicated national division of the Property Council of Australia, focused on retirement villages and senior housing.

Through their collective membership, they represent more than 50 per cent of retirement communities across the private and Not For Profit sectors.

So what do they do?

While LASA, ACSA and the RLC represent different sector groups and operators, they each provide a valuable service to their members and the retirement living sector as a whole.

This includes:

Representation and advocacy to Government for their members and the sector, to influence policy and legislation.

Member services, which do differ for each body but include advice on specific elements of the sector, reports and briefings, events, and operational service support.

Industry promotion through media campaigns and public facing initiatives like the A Wise Move website currently hosted by the RLC.

Research and partnerships to support innovation, best practice and insight into all aspects of our sector, and the services we provide.

Collaboration, coalition and alliance to drive better outcomes. Collaboration between the bodies is strong, as evidenced by the Retirement Living Code of Conduct and more recently the Australian Aged Care Collaboration.

These organisations can add real value to our villages, teams and residents, so it’s worth checking each peak body out and seeing how they might be able to suit your needs.

For more information on these peaks, contact the DCM Institute here.

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