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VCOSS Consultation: Rights in Specialist Disability Accomodation

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128 Exhibition Street

Melbourne, Victoria 3000

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The Victorian Government is reviewing regulations around rights in supported disability accommodation (SDA) under the NDIS. A consultation paper has been released highlighting some of the key issues for consideration. Submissions are due by 30 June 2017.

VCOSS is intending to prepare a submission to the inquiry.

We invite you or a representative of your organisation to a consultation forum to share your views with other VCOSS members, and to help inform our submission.

The review will consider the best approach to protecting the tenancy rights of people living in SDA. Key issues being considered include:

  • Tenancy agreements
  • The selection of housemates and household management
  • Access to houses and rooms for services providers and community visitors
  • Bond and rent
  • Home modifications and repairs
  • Notice to vacate and temporary relocation
  • Oversight functions
  • Any other issues

People living in supported accommodation are currently regulated by the Disability Act 2006. People with disability who live in private rental or social housing are regulated by the Residential Tenancies Act 1997. There will need to be a new law or legal amendments for people living in SDA under the NDIS. There are three available options:

  • Amend the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 to include rights and responsibilities specifically tailored for SDA residents.
  • Amend the Disability Act and retain protections for people living in SDA in this Act.
  • Create a new piece of legislation specifically tailored to SDA residents.

If you are unable to attend, but wish to provide feedback, please contact Carly Nowell at carly.nowell@vcoss.org.au or on 9235 1012.

Please note this consultation is for VCOSS members only.

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