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17/09/2019
Policy News

Disability provider obligations under the Portable Long Service Scheme in Victoria

Information on employer obligations under the Portable Long Service Scheme has been released by the Victorian Portable Long Service Authority.
Policy News
10/09/2019
Policy News

Changes for Government and Non-Government SDA providers as amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act come into effect

Changes include vacancy coordination, fire service and board/lodging.
Policy News
5/09/2019
Policy News

Streamlining Agreements: Victorian SDA Residential Agreement and Information Statements Released

Consumer Affairs Victoria release the new SDA lease agreements

SDA Update and Overview Resource

Street of colourful houses

5/07/2019

I need to know this because:
  • SDA Update: From 1 July 2019, Victorian SDA providers are subject to the Residential Tenancies Act, as well as the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Framework
  • NDS members are invited to join an online NDS SDA reference group
  • NDS has released a document which presents an overview of the complex regulatory environment for SDA providers in Victoria

From 1 July 2019, the residential rights of Victorian NDIS participants with Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) are protected by new provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (the Act), and regulated by Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV). SDA providers are also subject to the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Framework and its accompanying Practice Standards.

CAV is currently consulting on the proposed SDA Residency Agreement and Information Statements that will be prescribed under Part 12A of the Act. These documents are expected to be finalised by mid-August. This leaves a period of approximately six weeks where SDA providers and residents will not be able to enter into a residency or tenancy agreement under the Act. This will not impact residents currently living in SDA because of the transitional arrangements provided in the Disability Services Safeguards Act 2018, but it means that new SDA residents will need to wait until the regulations are in place before entering into an SDA residency agreement or tenancy agreement. CAV have indicated that they will work with providers and residents on a case by case basis to manage any issues arising from this situation. 

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