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Obligations of SDA providers - what you need to do

You and your resident must do one of the following:

You must also give your resident the matching information statement:

Explain certain information

You must explain the following to the resident in a way they can easily understand. This can be verbal or in writing:

  • the Information statement for the SDA residency agreement, or
  • the Information statement for the Residential tenancy agreement (short-term or long-term lease)
  • any notice you give the resident under Part 12A – for example, a Notice of rent increase or a Breach of duty notice
  • any order or direction from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) - if the resident is not represented.

Appointing a support person

You must ask someone to support the resident if:

  • the resident does not have a support person, and
  • their disability prevents them from understanding the agreement or information statement.

This support person cannot work for you or be connected to your organisation.

For example, you could ask a Supported Independent Living (SIL) provider to help the resident. For more information, visit the Find a registered provider page on the NDIS website.

You can also choose an agent to help you explain the agreement and information statement.

Notifying us of SDA residency agreements and other notices

You must notify us when you enter into or establish an SDA residency agreement. You must also notify us when you give your resident certain notices.

For more information, view our Notifying us of SDA agreements and notices page.

Who can be an SDA provider?

Anyone who owns or manages an SDA can register to be an SDA provider. This includes:

  • private landlords
  • people with a disability
  • family members of people with a disability
  • organisations (not-for-profit or for-profit).

Registering SDA dwellings

You must enrol the SDA with the NDIS. The SDA must also meet NDIS requirements. There are strict rules about the construction date and design of the dwelling. For more information, visit the SDA registration and dwelling enrolment page on the NDIS website.

Your obligations under rental laws

You are responsible for:

  • setting and collecting rent
  • fixing and maintaining the SDA
  • telling residents about any changes to the residency agreement
  • addressing complaints about the SDA.

Under Victorian rental laws, you have the same obligations and rights as a landlord. For more information, view our Renting section