SDA suppliers and existing residents must enter into or enter into a new SDA residence contract by January 1, 2020. Declarations of residence under the Disability Act are maintained until existing residents are transferred to new SDA residence contracts or housing leases under the ATR. Residents with disabilities living in group homes who have not yet signed up to SDA residence agreements retain rights under the Disability Act 2006. Many, but not all, conditions contained in the information statements and VAC agreements refer to the conditions set out in the NDIS commercial conditions and NDIS standards of practice with respect to the inclusion of service contracts and areas requiring the agreement of the participants. NDS is investigating how SDA providers could make complements and/or changes to the reporting and agreements to include additional conditions needed to streamline agreements while meeting a supplier`s compliance obligations under the three NDIA, NDIS-Commission and Consumer Affairs Victoria bodies. To do so, SDA suppliers must comply with the conditions set out in the NDIS business conditions, NDIS practice standards and quality indicators, including the additional SDA module, as well as the information statement and agreement developed by Consumer Affairs Victoria. Each agency presents its own conditions, rights and responsibilities that must be communicated to the participant in the language and type of communication that this participant understands best. Tenants throughout Victoria use this agreement to rent standard housing. Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) is the new Victorian regulator of the SDA. CAV has just published the agreement on accommodation for persons with disabilities and the information statement for persons with disabilities, as well as an information statement for SDA participants who enter into a standard housing rental agreement. These documents are now available on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website along with more information and resources.
All SDA suppliers must choose, at least seven days before the conclusion of this agreement, which agreement is best for their property and issue each SDA tenant the corresponding statement of information.