Supportive Families and Friends Association Inc is an incorporated not-for-profit association. ABN 20 573 694 289. It represents and supports families and friends with a family member living in Specialist Disability Accommodation in Victoria.
We were formed over 11 years ago at a forum for families in the East. We are now more concerned with the effects of the NDIS rollout on residential conditions for people living in disability groups homes, particularly those funded by the NDIS. Examples of these are the five service providers appointed by the Victorian Government to which DHHS transferred all their staff and residents These were Life without Barriers, Home@Scope, Melba, Aruma and Possability. There are other Disability accommodation providers and family members are welcomed to join our Association too.
Our members have told us that not all group houses are running as well as they could.
We have advocated our concerns with the Minister for Disability (currently Luke Donnellan) over many years. We also communicate with senior representatives in the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
Our concerns include, but are not limited to:
- SDA Residency Agreements
- SIL Quotes
- Residential Tenancies Act 1997 and the Disability Service Safeguard Act 2018
- Vacancy Management
- Lack of transparency about contract performance by service providers
- Safeguards in SDA homes and with Supported Independent Living (SIL) staff
- Disability transport in SDA homes
- Vaccinations for COVID for disability workers as well as residents
We represent our members on the Victorian Government NDIS Implementation Group and the Government’s Stakeholder Advisory Forum. We also continue to have meetings with the Public Advocate, Consumer Affairs VIC and housing service providers.
What is Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)?
Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) are homes where disabled people who are funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can live. SDA funding is through their NDIS plans. Participants who live in SDA (formerly known as group homes, Community Residential Units (CRU) or supported disability housing) also get funding for support by staff in the house. This is called NDIS Supported Independent Living (SIL) funding.