There is a Commonwealth framework for regulation and protection of people in aged accommodation. In particular, the Aged or Disabled Persons Homes Act 1954 (Cth), requires charitable organisations which provide accommodation to aged or disabled persons to enter into an agreement between the organisation and residents which is consistent with the Charter of Residents Rights established under the Act. The Charter requires the hostel proprietor to enter into a written agreement with each resident.

These Commonwealth measures are sufficient to protect residents in Commonwealth approved hostels. State legislation in this area would be an unnecessary complication for residents and management.