We welcome your enquiry about retirement living at the Willoughby Village which offers both Self Care and Hostel accommodation in Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia.


The official business name of the village is Willoughby Retirement Community Association (ABN 60 001 838 777). This is a non-profit community association set up in the early 1970’s on land donated by Willoughby City Council to provide accommodation and care for retired and aged people, with a priority for those from Willoughby and neighbouring areas.


WRCA is managed by a board of volunteer directors employing 40 professional staff, including 10 Registered Nurses and 30 direct care staff.


The Village facilities include a separate lounge / library / computer room, a Community Function / Craft Room, outdoor barbecue, a communal laundry on each floor of the Self Care tower, and a dining room for Hostel & Outreach Residents. Adjacent to our self-contained apartments is Willoughby Hostel which provides studio accommodation, dining and daily assistance “in-house”.


WRCA’s campus has 79 apartments of which 40 are government funded and operated as residential care places under the Aged Care Act (including respite care up to nine weeks per year) and “Outreach” assistance.

The units are different styles and sizes ranging from studio to three-bedrooms, suitable for independent living and “ageing in place” with the assisted care from our on-site nursing staff.



“Outreach” is a service provided by our hostel to residents living in self-contained units within our village who require help with everyday activities. WRCA is also an approved Home Care Provider for our self-care residents who prefer a more limited range of our home care services. WRCA is pleased to offer flexibility in accommodation and levels of assistance for individual residents, including couples in two-bedroom units with different health care needs.


Annual Report of Directors & Financial Statements are available from the Village on request.


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We hope you become a friend of Willoughby Retirement Community Association.

background – history


The Willoughby Retirement Community Association is the founder, land owner and manager of the Village. It is a company limited by guarantee.


The Village came into being (1971) as a result of the Association’s objective “to establish and maintain housing for the accommodation, care and welfare of the elderly within the municipality” of Willoughby (now City). The Association operates through a Board of Management.


All units have been previously occupied. The units are not sold but licensed by contract.


The Village operates a waiting list but no listing fee is charged to prospective Residents. Regular lists of available units are posted to prospective Residents setting out the identity and condition of the unit, the number of bedrooms, the entry fee and the total contract amount.

A copy of the Association’s Constitution is also supplied. A copy of the Village Rules and the Hostel Residents’ Charter are included in the contract documents.


The Village aims to offer a friendly environment and access is provided to the Office Secretary each week day and to the Chief Executive Officer and Hostel RN-Direct Care Leader on a frequent basis. The Chairman is a regular visitor to the Village and issues or concerns are addressed promptly.


Families and friends of our residents appreciate WRCA’s caring environment – we have celebrated in our hostel the birthdays of three centenarians who originally joined our self-care village 20 years previously.