NDS working with DHHS and members to develop Collaboration Agreements
Over the past few months, NDS has met with DHHS and service providers around the development of Collaboration Agreements that must be used in the residential services in which they operate. A Collaboration Agreement attempts to reconcile the responsibilities of a residential service under the Disability Act 2006 with the separation of housing and support under the NDIS.
NDS understands that ‘residential services’, as defined by the Disability Act 2006, refers to SDA dwellings in which residents receive both SDA funding and SIL supports. The Collaboration Agreement outlines key responsibilities and terms, including maintenance, repairs, insurance, dispute resolution, collection of rent etc. between the SDA and SIL provider. Under previous arrangements, the residential service provider also undertook the functions of the ‘landlord’, and a contract of this nature may not have been necessary.
The transitional quality and safeguarding requirements for residential services within the Disability Act 2006 are expected to be in force until June 2019.
DHHS has developed a sample Collaboration Agreement, which providers should view as a guide only. Providers are encouraged to seek legal advice when developing their own Collaboration Agreement.
NDS will continue to work with DHHS as well as members to finalise the terms in their Collaboration Agreements.
NDS has developed several valuable presentations on transitional arrangements for housing supports, as well as summaries on key housing documents. These are available in our Resource Library.
At upcoming Regional Housing Forums, providers will have an opportunity to discuss the key terms and conditions they may wish to include in their organisation’s Collaboration Agreement. See below for more information and how to register: