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New policy on authorisation of restrictive practices

The Department of Communities, Disability Services (Communities) in partnership with the disability sector, is committed to the elimination of restrictive practices to ensure that people with disability’s rights continue to be protected and access to high quality services are safeguarded.  Restrictive practices are implemented for the safety of people with disability and/or for those around them.

Communities has developed a new policy on the use of restrictive practices in disability services called the Authorisation of Restrictive Practices in Funded Disability Services (the Policy).

The Policy applies to the use of restrictive practices in disability services funded either through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) or by the State Government and comes into effect on 1 December 2020.

The Policy reflects the general approach of the Code of Practice: A guide for the Elimination of Restrictive Practices, 3rd edition 2019, which provides guidance on positive behaviour support and the reduction and elimination of restrictive practices, as well as NDIS mandatory requirements in relation to restrictive practices.

The Policy is now available for disability service providers and will be mandatory once NDIS related legislation comes into effect on 1 December 2020. The current State quality and safeguarding arrangements in WA will continue under the Code of Practice: A Guide for the Elimination of Restrictive Practices, 3rd edition (the Code).

 The Policy outlines the State’s authorisation process.  Disability service providers will have to provide evidence of authorisation according to the State process to comply with NDIS Commission reporting requirements.

Disability service providers are encouraged to work with individuals, families and carers, as well as behaviour support practitioners, to become familiar with the Policy.

Communities will continue to support people with disability, their families and carers, and the disability sector, during this time of change.

Related documents

Authorisation of Restrictive Practices in Funded Disability Services Policy

Explanatory Notes for Authorisation of Restrictive Practices in Funded Disability Services Policy