Starting an agreement with an SDA resident

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This information on this page applies to SDA providers. If you are a resident, view Starting an agreement with your provider.

You can enter into or establish an agreement with a resident depending on their disability.

Entering into an SDA residency agreement

You enter into an SDA residency agreement if the resident understands the information statement and can sign the agreement.

Follow these steps:

  1. Give a copy of the SDA residency agreement and information statement to the resident and their support person. (If the resident does not have a support person but needs one, you can choose one for them. This person cannot work for you or be connected to your organisation.)
  2. Explain the information statement to the resident and their support person.
  3. Sign the agreement with the resident. There must be at least seven days between when you gave the resident the agreement and when you both sign it.

Establishing an SDA residency agreement

An SDA residency agreement is established if the resident needs a support person to help them understand the information statement and agreement. They may not have the physical or cognitive ability to sign the agreement.

Follow these steps:

  1. Give a copy of the SDA residency agreement and information statement to the resident’s support person. (If the resident does not have a support person but needs one, you can choose one for them. This person cannot work for you or be connected to your organisation.) 
  2. Explain the information statement to the resident’s support person, who must then explain it to the resident.
  3. Sign the SDA residency agreement. The resident does not sign it. There must be at least seven days between when you gave the agreement to the resident's support person, and when you sign it.

Entering into a residential tenancy agreement (short-term or long-term lease)

This is the same process as a standard tenancy agreement. The resident must be able to understand the agreement and sign it.

For more information, view:

Follow these steps:

  1. Give the resident and their support person a copy of the residential tenancy agreement and its information statement.
  2. Explain the information statement.
  3. Sign the agreement with the resident. There must be at least seven days between when you gave the resident the agreement and when you both sign it.
  4. Give the resident and their support person a copy of the signed agreement within 14 days of signing.
  5. Give the resident with a copy of Renting a home: a guide for tenants on or before the day they move into the home. This guide has detailed information on renting rights and responsibilities at the beginning, middle and end of a tenancy.

Additional terms

You must use the residential agreements available on our website. To download the agreements, view Resources for providers.

You cannot create your own residential agreement, but you can include additional terms as long as these terms do not take away any of the resident’s rights under the law. If it does, then the term is invalid. Residents can apply to the VCAT if they believe an additional term in their agreement is harsh or unconscionable.