The Disability Services Act 2006 safeguards the rights of Queenslanders with a disability. It includes a framework for disability service providers to provide positive behaviour support to improve the quality of life of adults with an intellectual or cognitive disability who exhibit challenging behaviour, and ensures that restrictive practices are only used when necessary to protect the adult or others from physical harm.
The framework requires disability service providers to conduct an assessment of the adult and develop a positive behaviour support plan before considering, or applying for, approval or consent for the use of restrictive practices.
Changes to these laws came into place in Queensland on 1 July 2014 to provide additional protections for these adults, and streamline processes so service providers can focus on supporting their clients.
For background to the new laws, please see the overview of amendments and the review of Queensland’s restrictive practices framework.
Under the Human Services Quality Framework, service providers require policies on the use of restrictive practices. The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services policies and procedures are below for service providers to use as a reference.
Procedure Locking of gates, doors and windows as the least restrictive way of supporting an adult with an intellectual or cognitive disability safely Procedure Locking of gates, doors and windows as the least restrictive way of supporting an adult with an intellectual or cognitive disability safely