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Seeking input on SA’s new Restrictive Practices System

2021-11-01

NDIS service providers are being asked to help shape the Restrictive Practices System used in the operation of new laws that will provide safeguards for people living with disability.

The first release of the new centralised online system, or RPS for short, is another step toward ensuring restrictive practices are only used as a last resort.

Restrictive Practices Senior Authorising Officer, Trinh Mai, is thankful for input received so far, ensuring new regulations and guidelines are clear, simple and effective for the use of restrictive practices for NDIS participants.

“Now we want service providers — who will have to use the online authorising system regularly — to log in, experience and have their say about the steps and functionality so we can smooth the path for safeguards to be implemented in a streamlined, safe and effective way,” said Ms Mai.

“Service providers can also provide feedback about the supporting resources for the online platform.”

Release one now available

The Restrictive Practices System will be used to apply for, authorise, document, monitor and report the use of restrictive practices.

The Restrictive Practices System first release is now available.

NDIS service providers are encouraged to:

  • register for access to the system, and
  • nominate their Authorised Program Officers.

Release two

A staged expansion of the system — release two — is expected in the first half of 2022, providing more functionality to:

  • create NDIS participant profiles online
  • upload behaviour support plans
  • apply for the authorisation of restrictive practices, and
  • create reports.

Give us your feedback

“Your feedback will help the Restrictive Practices Team develop a more user-friendly online system that reflects best practice and simplifies administration,” said Ms Mai.

The staged implementation of RPS will ensure service providers are supported to become familiar with the system and meet the legislated requirements under the Disability Inclusion (Restrictive Practices-NDIS) Amendment Act and Regulations.

Visit the YourSAy website for more details about how to get involved. You can:

  • Use the new guides to register as a provider and nominate Authorised Program Officers
  • View the video guides
  • Attend a webinar
  • Join the provider reference group
  • Complete the survey.

Contact us

Restrictive Practices Team
Email DHSRestrictivePracticesUnit@sa.gov.au.

Background

Restrictive practices are any intervention that restrict the rights or freedom of movement of a person with disability who displays behaviours of concern. This is to protect that person or others from harm.

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