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29/11/2019
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Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System releases interim report

This report estimates the cost of mental ill health to the Victorian economy at $14.2 billion a year.
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25/11/2019
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Victorian SDA to transition to requirements of Residential Tenancies Act from January 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking re-gazettal of all existing group homes under the Disability Act 2006, from 1 January 2020.
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29/10/2019
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New SDA Design Standard released

New SDA Design Standard guidelines released, along with the SDA Innovation Plan and Limited Cost Assumptions Review; and the SDA Price Guide has been updated

Victorian SDA to transition to requirements of Residential Tenancies Act from January 2020

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25/11/2019

I need to know this because:
  • DHHS is seeking re-gazettal of all existing group homes under the Disability Act 2006, from 1 January 2020.
  • Re-gazettal of group homes will enable the continued protection of residential rights for existing and new residents under the Disability Act.
  • Re-gazettal of group homes is expected to be a short-term arrangement while access issues and other factors impeding SDA transition are resolved.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will be writing to all registered residential service providers to advise that the department will be seeking the re-gazettal of all existing group homes under the Disability Act 2006 from 1 January 2020. This will apply to cases where residents and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) providers of group homes have not entered into an SDA residency agreement under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (RTA).

SDA providers and residents cannot enter or establish SDA residency agreements unless all residents in a group home have SDA in their plans. This is a requirement under the new Part 12A of the RTA.

Standard tenancy agreements under Part 2 of the RTA are not suitable unless there is mutual agreement to enter a standard tenancy agreement between the resident and the provider and the resident understands their rights and obligations under the agreement which the resident must sign.

Re-gazettal of group homes will enable the continued protection of residential rights for existing and new residents under the Disability Act. This will mean that Residential Statements currently in place remain valid.

If a registered organisation owns and/or manages other properties that are not gazetted and where not all residents have SDA in their plans, these organisations should apply to the department to have their properties gazetted to ensure residents rights are protected under the Disability Act.

Registration under the Disability Act will also need to continue. Re-gazettal of group homes is expected to be a short-term arrangement while access issues and other factors impeding SDA transition are resolved.

Information about any new properties to be gazetted (or taken off the gazettal list if all residents are on SDA residency agreements) can be submitted to DHHS no later than 30 November 2019 by email to . Please phone Jessie Webb on 9096 8284 or Patrice Evans on 9096 9141 for clarification on the matters raised in this message.

Contact information
Savannah Jewell, Senior Policy and Project Officer, SDA, (03) 8341 4300,