20 November 2012 — The Retirement Village Association and Property Council of Australia have merged. The move will allow Australia’s retirement living sector to take a greater leadership role in the national debate over retirement communities. RVA chief executive officer Andrew Giles said the merger would result in a quantum shift in the industry’s voice in national political debate. Property Council chief operating officer Ken Morrison said the importance of retirement villages would grow dramatically as “a critical housing and care solution for older Australians”. As a result of the decision, the Retirement Village Association Limited has been placed in members’ voluntary liquidation.