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Restrictive practices legislation
The Disability Inclusion (Restrictive Practice-NDIS) Amendment Bill was passed by the South Australian Parliament in May 2021.
Thank you to the members of our community who provided feedback regarding amendments to the Disability Inclusion Act 2018 and the development of the regulations.
The consultation process has demonstrated there is strong community support to strengthen safeguards for people with disability, and to ensure that restrictive practices are only used as a last resort.
The next round of public consultation will invite feedback on the draft guidelines. It is scheduled to open in August 2021.
What is the legislation?
The changes aim to ensure restrictive practices – such as restraint and seclusion – are used only as a last resort and in accordance with individual behaviour support plans.
- Provide for an NDIS Restrictive Practice Authorisation regime for South Australia.
- Create a streamlined legislative framework that provides greater protection and safeguards for NDIS participants.
- Ensure restrictive practices such as physical restraint and seclusion are used only as a last resort.
- Enable South Australia to comply with the national principles for restrictive practices authorisation.
What are restrictive practices?
A restrictive practice is any practice or intervention that has the effect of restricting the rights or freedom of movement of a person, with the primary purpose of protecting the person or others from harm.
In the past, restrictive practices were often a first response for people with behaviours of concern. It is now recognised that restrictive practices can present serious human rights infringements.