Supported residential services (SRS) are currently regulated under the Health Services Act 1988, and the Health Services (Supported Residential Services) Regulations 2001. The current model of regulation is based on a broad definition of SRS and a set of principles guiding how those services are provided, coupled with more detailed minimum requirements for those services.
In 2008 the Department of Health commenced a review of the current Act and Regulations. Consultation was a critical element of the review process. A discussion paper was used to highlight key issues with the current SRS regulatory scheme and to seek input from stakeholders. Residents of SRS, their families, SRS staff and proprietors provided feedback to the department. The department also ran a number of public consultation forums across Victoria.
The information gathered through the review process led to the new regulatory regime set out in the Supported Residential Services (Private Proprietors) Act 2010. The SRS Act streamlines the administration and regulation of SRS, strengthens occupancy rights, strengthens financial protections, promotes staff capability, introduces outcome-based standards, strengthens reporting of serious incidents and introduces new enforcement mechanisms.
The purpose of the proposed Regulations is to provide for effective administration of the new Act, which is planned to commence from 1 July 2012.
Regulatory Impact Statement
Statement of Reasons