Key messages

  • The Department of Health & Human Services administers the legislation that governs supported residential services (SRS) - namely, the Supported Residential Services (Private Proprietors) Act 2010 (Vic) and Supported Residential Services (Private Proprietors) Regulations 2012.
  • This legislation aims to protect the safety and wellbeing of residents living in SRS. It is underpinned by principles which focus on recognising and respecting the rights of residents and supporting residents to live as independently as possible.

The Department of Health and Human Services administers the legislation that governs supported residential services (SRS) - the Supported Residential Services (Private Proprietors) Act 2010 and Supported Residential Services (Private Proprietors) Regulations 2012

This legislation protects the safety and wellbeing of residents living in SRS. It is underpinned by principles that articulate the rights of those residents.

These principles focus on recognising and respecting the rights of residents and supporting residents to live as independently as possible. They also aim to help residents be part of decisions about the services that they receive, and of any other decisions that affect them.

Proprietors apply these principles in their day-to-day operation of the SRS, particularly in providing accommodation and personal support to residents. The principles also apply to SRS complaints procedures and other policies and practices.

Proprietors must be familiar with the Act and Regulations. To read about the Acts and Regulations, and other relevant legislation listed here, please go the Victorian Law Today section of the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website. Or purchase hard copies from:

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Other legislation

Other legislation that are relevant to operating an SRS are: 

  • Food Act 1984
  • Health Records Act 2001
  • Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981
  • Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009
  • Information Privacy Act 2000
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004
  • Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations 2006.

The laws that regulate SRS were previously contained in the Health Services Act 1988.