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Starting an agreement with an SDA resident

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. The steps for this are:

  1. You give a copy of the SDA agreement and information statement to the resident and their support person. (If the resident does not have a support person, you can choose one for them. This person cannot work for you or be connected to your organisation.)
  2. You explain the information statement to the resident and their support person.
  3. You and the resident sign the agreement. 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. The steps for this are:

  1. You give a copy of the SDA agreement and information statement to the resident’s support person. (If the resident does not have a support person, you can choose one for them. This person cannot work for you or be connected to your organisation.) 
  2. You explain the information statement to the resident’s support person, who then explains it to the resident.
  3. You sign the SDA residency agreement. 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

This is the same process as a standard rental agreement. For more information, view our:

The resident must be able to understand the agreement and sign it. You must still explain the information statement to the resident and their support person.

The steps for this are:

  1. You give the resident and their support person a copy of the agreement and its information statement.
  2. You explain the information statement. You must explain all the rights and duties in a way the resident can understand.
  3. You and the resident sign the agreement. There must be at least seven days between when you gave the resident the agreement and when you both sign it.
  4. You must give the resident and their support person a copy of the signed agreement within 14 days of signing.
  5. You must provide 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 our Resources for providers page.

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 Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) if they believe an additional term in their agreement is harsh or unconscionable.