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This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 15 December 2020 to 29 January 2021. Below is a record of the engagement.

This Easy Read Summary is available as a PDF download which includes images to help you better understand the consultation.

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About this page

This page is from the Department of Human Services.

This page is about restrictive practices.

Restrictive practices may help people with disability stay safe.

For example

  • medicine to make someone calm
  • a seatbelt to stop someone moving.

We want to change the law to

  • make restrictive practices safer
  • stop restrictive practices where we can.

Types of restrictive practices

Restrictive practices can be

  • Physical, when a person holds someone and they can not move.

  • Chemical, when a person uses medicine to control behaviour.

  • Mechanical, when a person uses equipment that stops someone hurting themself.
    For example, a helmet to stop head butting.

  • Environmental, when a gate or lock stops someone going out or getting something.
    For example, a locked door or fridge.

  • Seclusion, when someone is left alone in a room or car and can not get out.

When are restrictive practices used?

Disability service providers use restrictive practices to stop behaviour that will hurt you or someone else.

Service providers can only use a restrictive practice

  • after they try other things to stop the behaviour
  • for a short time
  • if the practice is in a behaviour support plan.

A behaviour support plan is a document all disability service providers must follow to give care.

Changes to the law

We want to change the law so we

  • use restrictive practices less
  • use restrictive practices in a safe way
  • follow the same rules.

We will use authorising officers.

Authorising officers are experts who work with disability services to

  • train staff to know about restrictive practices
  • make sure restrictive practices are safe.

Authorising officers will check all services follow the rules.

Tell us your ideas

We want you to tell us your ideas about

  • authorising officers
  • other rules you want to change.

Your ideas help us know

  • what is important
  • how to make the law better.

You must tell us your ideas by 29 January 2021.

How to tell us your ideas

Tell us your ideas on this website


Send us an email


Post us a letter

Department of Human Services
Disability Access and Inclusion
RE NDIS Restrictive Practices
GPO Box 292
Adelaide SA 5000

More information

For more information contact the Department of Human Services.





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