Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) update
The regulatory environment for providers of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is changing.
Since 1 July 2019, the residential rights of Victorian NDIS participants with SDA are protected by new provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (RTA), and regulated by Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV). Recent amendments to the RTA and the Disability Act 2006 reflect these changes and present a number of new considerations for providers of SDA. Such providers are also subject to the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Framework and its accompanying Practice Standards.
One key change is the requirement for SDA providers and SDA residents to enter into, or establish either an SDA residency agreement or a residential tenancy agreement. CAV are soon to release final participant information statements and agreements for providers to use when fulfilling this new legislative requirement with a deadline of 31 December 2019.
NDS is committed to supporting the sector through this complex transition and have been funded by the Victorian Government to inform providers of the new regulatory environment. NDS will be hosting a series of metro and regional forums in October 2019 and early 2020 to discuss these changes and will be developing a suite of resources.
For queries regarding SDA, please use the NDS Helpdesk in the first instance, or contact Savannah Jewell on the details provided below. The NDS Helpdesk is available to NDS members.