Some residential statements under the Disability Act 2006 became void on 31 December 2019.
In 2019, the laws covering SDA changed from the Disability Act 2006 to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (RTA). However, some SDA homes and residences are still covered by the Disability Act. This law is overseen by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH).
The SDA homes and residences which did not transition to the RTA and are still under the Disability Act were ‘re-gazetted’. This means they were listed in the Victorian Government Gazette to make it clear that they are still covered by the Disability Act. The gazette is an official publication that tells people about government decisions.
This is a short-term arrangement until providers and residents are ready to transition to the RTA, and allows the DFFH to make sure residents’ rights will be protected during the change over.
If you live in a home that has been re-gazetted and have a residential statement, the statement remains valid. Your residential rights are protected.
If your SDA has not been re-gazetted, you and your provider must start a new residential agreement.
You can ask your provider to tell you if your SDA has been re-gazetted.
For more information, view Starting an agreement with your provider.