Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) is the new Victorian regulator of the SDA. CAV has just published the Specialist Disability Accommodation Accommodation Residency Agreement and Information Statement as well as an information statement for SDA participants who have entered into a standard accommodation rental agreement. These documents are now available on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website, along with other information and resources. All SDA providers must choose the agreement that best fits their property and provide the corresponding information statement to each SDA tenant at least seven days before the conclusion of this agreement. The SDA provider can choose the lease it wishes to offer to its SDA tenants, either by choosing the SDA housing contract, which reflects many of the additional protections previously proposed in the Disability Act 2006 and which have now been included in Part 12 A of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997, or by offering tenants a standard housing rental agreement. Regardless of the agreement chosen, SDA providers must comply with the conditions set by the NDIA, the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission and Consumer Affairs Victoria. Visitors to the community will retain their existing powers and functions in Victoria with respect to SDA residents, who are under SDA housing agreement, including initiating tours. Housing declarations under the Persons with Disabilities Act are maintained until existing residents switch to new SDA residence contracts or residential rental contracts under the ATR. In July 2019, SDA housing contracts became part of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997. We settle these agreements under Victorian tenancy laws. For more information on specialized accommodation for people with disabilities, call 1300 40 43 19. The line is open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm except on public holidays. Many, but not all, of the conditions contained in CAV`s information statements and agreements address the terms set out in the NDIS terms and practice standards relating to the inclusion of service contracts and areas in which participant consent is required.
NDS is examining how SDA providers can make additions and/or changes to the information statement and agreements to include additional conditions necessary to streamline agreements while meeting a supplier`s compliance obligations under the three bodies NDIA, NDIS Commission and Consumer Affairs Victoria. To do this, SDA suppliers must comply with the terms of the NDIS Terms of Sale, NDIS Practical Standards and Quality Indicators, including the additional SDA add-on, as well as the terms of the declaration and information agreement developed by the Victoria Business. . . .