The Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice have reviewed the restrictive practices framework in the Disability Services Act 2006 and the Guardianship and Administration Act 2000.
As part of the review, a discussion paper was released in July 2013, which invited people to respond to questions that focussed on:
There was broad support for reducing red tape for service providers by simplifying planning and approval processes, providing additional support and training to those involved with the framework, and introducing a requirement for service providers to report on restrictive practices.
In March 2014, the Queensland Parliament passed a Bill to amend the Disability Services Act 2006 (Qld) and the Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 (Qld).
The amendments follow a review of the restrictive practices framework used by disability services providers who support adults with intellectual and cognitive disability.
The Disability Services (Restrictive Practices) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 is part of a package of reforms to ensure clients with challenging behaviour have good quality of life, experience positive behaviour change, and are subject to fewer restrictive practices.
An overview of the amendments is available for reading.
The policy and practice changes to support the legislative amendments can be accessed on the Policy and practice reforms page.
As Queensland moves towards the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the remainder of the Disability Services Act will be examined and changed as required to ensure that Queensland is ready to start implementing the scheme from July 2016.