Macquarie University launches ‘first of its kind’ retirement village contract calculator

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The free calculator, available at, is designed to take the three main village fees – entry fee, ongoing fee and exit fee – and calculate a simple ‘equivalent monthly rent’.

The comparison tool was developed by Dr Tim Kyng – who has cropped up as a commentator in the recent Fairfax coverage of retirement villages.

He uses the example of two retirement villages in Sydney with an entry fee of $775,000 (village A) and $750,000 (village B). While the village with the lower entry fee and lower monthly fee looks cheaper, the tool calculates it will actually cost an extra $1,100 a month over seven years.

It won’t be the last village fee calculator either. As we reported here, KPMG is developing a similar tool for NSW Fair Trading that is expected to launch later this year.