Villaggio Sant’ Antonio

Villaggio Sant’ Antonio is a non for profit, multi-cultural aged care facility catering for Residents with a variety of needs. The facility is managed and run by paid personnel in conjunction with community support under the direction of the Board of Villaggio Italiano Limited.

The facility includes extensive landscaped grounds, a nondenominational chapel, numerous sitting and activities rooms and a community hall.


Our Mission

The Mission of Villaggio Sant’ Antonio is to make a positive difference in the lives of all older people who are in our care. This will be achieved through the provision of care that enables each individual and their carer to maintain their independence and control over decisions that affect them, thus ensuring that they will have the best possible quality of life.

Our Vision

Our vision is to provide the highest quality of care to ageing members of our culturally diverse community. Our nurturing environment will enable older people who use our services to remain well, active and independent for as long as possible.

Our Values

We believe:

  • each ageing person has unique strengths and values. Accordingly, we will treat each individual with dignity and respect;
  • our services and practices will reflect best practice and will be tailored for each individual’s needs;
  • our staff and volunteers will provide the most effective level of care as we value and support them.

Objectives of Villaggio

Villaggio will:

  • operate non-profit, culturally diverse aged care facilities providing services for ageing persons with a variety of needs. Villaggio will cater for residents from diverse cultural backgrounds, and will respect each resident’s spiritual or religious beliefs, by providing such spiritual and pastoral care as residents desire;
  • provide, purchase, build, and/or establish suitable accommodation at various places for the maintenance and welfare of eligible aged persons, and persons of similar needs;
  • provide in-home and other community based care to eligible ageing persons, and persons of similar needs;
  • advocate and care for each resident’s wellbeing, having regard to their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs;
  • maintain adequate and appropriately qualified staff and volunteers to enable the achievement of the primary objectives and vision of Villaggio, through sound people management practices and support and appropriate facilities;
  • noting that the Villaggio was established by members of the Italian community for the benefit of aged citizens of Italian descent, we will maintain links with the Italian community by retaining an Italian flavour and traditions, while still operating within a culturally diverse environment;
  • adopt the principles of social justice, namely: human dignity, the common good, subsidiarity and solidarity and to maintain our traditional links with the Catholic Church.

Our History

Villaggio Sant’ Antonio was a project initially envisaged by a small group of members of the Italian community of Canberra. The aim of the project was to establish a retirement village for aged members of their community.

It was built and completed with the donations and efforts of the Italian community and other benefactors from Canberra, Goulburn, Queanbeyan, Cooma, Batlow and the Federal Government. The facility opened in 1992 and has since grown to accommodate residents of many diverse cultures and social backgrounds, making Villaggio Sant’ Antonio a truly multi-cultural community.