SDA: SDA News
NDS sumission highlights a number of ways the Act should be updated and improved to align with the contemporary disability landscape following the introduction of the NDIS and the NDIS Commission.
NDS submission: Victorian Government’s SDA Policies
NDS has provided a submission on four draft DFFH SDA policies and procedures.
NDS Submission: Social Housing Regulation Review
NDS's submission calls on the State Government to make Victoria more inclusive of people with disability, create more opportunities for people with disability, and positively shape the way all Victorians live over time.
Feedback sought on Victorian Government’s SDA Policies and Procedures
The Victorian Government, through the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH), owns half of the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) in Victoria. The department is reviewing its policies about how it manages this SDA.
NDS Seeks Feedback on Victorian Disability Act Review
The Disability Act Review consultation is now open. NDS is seeking member feedback to inform our submission.
Feedback sought on Victorian Social Housing Regulation Review
The Victorian Government is undertaking a review of Social Housing Regulation during 2021. Feedback closes 6 September.
Agency releases new SDA data and 'my NDIA app'
The Agency has released SDA market data noting an imbalance between dwelling type and participant demand. NDIS app now available for self-managed participants.
Agency seeks input on development of Home and Living policy
The Agency is seeking submissions to inform their Home and Living policy. Responses to the consultation paper, An Ordinary Life at Home, close 27 August.
New Social Services regulatory reform for Victorian funded providers
NDS members receiving Victorian government funding, including those supporting people with disabilities who are not NDIS funded, are invited to attend an information session on reform changes.
Progress on DFFH collaboration agreements
In response to NDS's advocacy, the Department has agreed to review issues and extend the timeline for signing. All providers will be offered an updated version of the Agreement.
DFFH collaboration agreements with Victorian SIL providers
NDS seeks provider feedback to support ongoing discussions with DFFH in response to widespread concern around collaboration agreements. CAV has released new SDA resources.
NDS submission: Victorian Ten Year Social and Affordable Housing Strategy
NDS's submission on the Victorian Government’s Ten-Year Social and Affordable Housing Strategy calls on the Government to build more safe, secure, affordable and accessible housing.
Enrolling for the NDIS SDA Design Standard
NDS urges members with housing stock at Existing or Legacy levels to consider enrolling as SDA prior to 1 July 2021.
Seeking feedback on the proposed Victorian Social and Affordable Housing Strategy
NDS is seeking member input on the Victorian Government's draft 10-year social and affordable housing strategy for Victoria.
Disability Act gazettal continues for Victorian residential services
Unless requirements of the Residential Tenancies Act 1996 can be upheld, re-gazetted Victorian group homes will continue to operate under the Disability Act 2006.
New directions issued by the Victorian Chief Health Officer effective midnight 7 April
There are three new mandatory directives issued under the Victorian State of Emergency to combat the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Plan for the Victorian Disability Services Sector Released
The DHHS have released a COVID-19 Plan for the Victorian Community Services Sector as well as a COVID-19 Plan for the Disability Services Sector.
Re-gazettal of Victorian residential services regardless of SDA enrolment
The Department of Health and Human Services is requesting that providers of residential services contact them to discuss gazettal.
SDA in Victoria: Re-gazettal further information
This update provides background information on this complex issue and insight as to why re-gazettal may be an appropriate action for some residential providers.
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.
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
Streamlining Agreements: Victorian SDA Residential Agreement and Information Statements Released
Consumer Affairs Victoria release the new SDA lease agreements