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Retirement village manager

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Summary of occupation

​Retirement village managers are responsible for managing the operations of residences that provide a range of services to retirees and seniors.

They oversee the employment, training and professional development of staff, the scheduled maintenance of buildings, the tracking and planning of budgets and financial targets, and the coordination of residential services.

Depending on the size and capacity of the establishment, a retirement village manager may manage sports facilities, village transport, social clubs, restaurants, and other recreational amenities.

ANZSCO description: Organises and controls the day to day operations of a retirement village to provide a range of accommodation, personal care services, and recreational and social activities for the use and enjoyment of residents.
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Job prospects: Limited
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

​A retirement village manager needs:

  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • good problem solving skills
  • to be organised and able to handle multiple tasks
  • leadership abilities
  • good mathematical ability
  • to be sensitive to the needs of retirees and seniors.
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Working conditions

​Retirement village managers can work managing different types of accommodation offering a variety of services. This can include serviced apartments and lifestyle villages.

Most retirement village managers work indoors, in an office, however, in some cases they may be required to oversee maintenance, or supervise the outdoor operations of a residential facility.

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Salary details

​On average, retirement village managers, classified under other accommodation and hospitality managers, can expect to earn between $1 000 and $1 249 per week ($52 000 and $64 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience.

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Tools and technologies

​Retirement village managers will perform many of their tasks on a computer. They may use word processing and budgeting software for tasks such as record keeping, budget monitoring and contract management. They may spend considerable time on the phone, communicating with prospective clients and organising events for the retirement village.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

​To work as a retirement village manager, you usually need to complete a formal qualification in business or management, or a related field.

The Diploma of Management and Diploma of Business are both offered at TAFE colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.

You can also complete a degree in business or commerce, majoring in management.

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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