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When I'm at work: retirement planning - Supported employee's workbook


Meeting 4 - Where will I live when I retire?

Living choices

Read the living choices listed below and decide what is important to you. Tick () those that are important to you.

Living choices What is important to me
Stay in the town I am now living in  
Living at the beach  
Living in the country  
Living by myself or with my partner  
Living with a group of people  
Having a house with a big back yard  
Being close to public transport  
Being close to a swimming pool, tennis court or bowling club  
Close to shops, a doctor or a theatre  
Close to family and friends  
List any other things  

Talking to people about where to live

Great, you have thought about some of the things that are important for you about where you will live. Now let's think about where you want to live and what is available in the town or community you want to live in. You can talk to people about these things.

Living with a number of people
  • Retirement village
  • Group home
  • Boarding house
Other accommodation
  • Caravan park
  • Mobile home
  • Granny flat
  • Private rental with rent assistance
  • Bedsitter
Living with a member of my family  
Residential care homes
  • Hostel
  • Nursing home
Leaving Australia

If you have family and friends overseas or
were born overseas you may wish to return to your former country.
Independent living
  • In your existing home
  • Rent a home at market price
  • Buy a home at market price
Government housing
  • House
  • Unit

Gathering information and getting advice

If you are going to be moving house when you retire, you need to plan for it. You might need to discuss your ideas for moving and some help to make it happen. Family members or your support workers might be able to give you advice or help.

In order to work out where you might like to live you could talk to other people you know about the types of homes they live in. Ask them what is good and bad about where they live. Ask them if they have any ideas about the type of home that would suit you.

You will also need to think about whether you will need things like wheelchair access, less stairs, ramps or special equipment in your next home.

A local accommodation service is one place you can contact to talk about the homes that might be available for you.

You can also talk to people at Centrelink about rental or housing concessions that you might be eligible for when you retire. This could increase the money you will have available to pay rent, and could improve the range of housing available to you.

Use the telephone book to find the names, addresses and telephone numbers of places you could contact for help or more information.

Name Address Telephone number

Bring this information to your next meeting.

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