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Disability Accommodation Rights Review

Why we are consulting

The Victorian Government wants to obtain views from the community about how we can best enhance the accommodation rights of individuals living in specialist disability accommodation (SDA) under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), making sure they can be assured of security and certainty in the new system.

SDA in Victoria is currently regulated by the Disability Act 2006 (the Disability Act).

If you live in SDA, legislation should support you to change your provider of supports and know that your accommodation arrangements are secure.

This review will happen hand in hand with the community to ensure that people with a disability, their families and carers, staff, service providers and advocacy groups can put forward their views and influence the outcomes of the review.

The Victorian Government will use all information gathered through this consultation to inform future decisions about the legislative framework.

Scope of the consultation

This consultation will only consider the rights of individuals receiving specialist disability accommodation (SDA) funding from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) due to their significant functional impairment and/or very high support needs.

This is because the need for legislative review is directly linked to the rollout of the NDIS and primarily impacts those who receive or will receive NDIS funding.

What’s not in scope

This consultation will not review the rights of any accommodation arrangements that do not receive SDA funding from the NDIA. Examples of groups that will not be considered in this review are people residing in aged care homes and people with disability living in mainstream housing.

Key feedback issues

Topics addressed in the paper that we want to hear from you about include:

  • Updating the Residential Statement
  • Housemates
  • Accessing the house and room
  • Paying rent and money management
  • Modifying the house
  • Repairing damages
  • Eviction and relocation
  • House management
  • Legislation

Some of the key questions to think about when responding to this review are:

  • What currently works well in supported accommodation?
  • What doesn’t work so well and needs to be improved?
  • What's missing?
  • Is there anything new Government should consider because of the NDIS?
  • What should be covered in legislation?

Who we’d like to hear from

Groups that we would most like to hear from include:

  • People currently living in SDA (also known as a group home, community residential unit or shared supported accommodation)
  • Their family, friends and/or carers
  • Residents’ advocates, including advocacy groups and peak bodies
  • Individuals who work, or have worked, in supported accommodation
  • Unions and peak bodies who represent workers in supported accommodation
  • Providers and potential providers of SDA
  • Providers and potential providers of other NDIS supports

How to participate

The government has created a few different ways for you to participate in this review:

  • Write a submission
  • Use the Easy English tools and questionnaires or
  • Participate in one of our focus groups for residents, peak bodies, workers, providers and advocates.

To find the tools, questionnaires and to make a submission visit www.engage.vic.gov.au/sda

 

This consultation will be open for responses until Friday 30 June 2017 at 5pm.

Key dates and what happens afterwards

These are indicative timelines

  • April 2017 - Opening of consultation period
  • April – June 2017 - Consultation workshops in metro, regional and rural Victoria in specialist disability accommodation with residents, providers and staff.
  • 23 June 2017 - Submissions due and formal consultation closes
  • July 2017 - Advise on outcomes and proposed next steps to government for approval in principle.
  • August 2017 - Commence drafting of legislation
  • November 2017 - Legislation proposed for government approval
  • Mid 2018 - Legislation passed and enacted through Parliament