Review of the Disability Services Act - Disability Services, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Queensland Government)

Review of the Disability Services Act

Scope of the review

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:

  • improving the care and quality of life for adults with challenging behaviour
  • streamlining processes and reduce red tape for service providers
  • building the capacity of service providers to implement positive behaviour support
  • equipping workers to support clients effectively and in a way that is safe for all
  • safeguarding adults with challenging behaviours.

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.

The changes

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 (PDF) 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.

Is your feedback

Please submit your comments on the department's Compliments and Complaints section.

Please submit your comments on the Queensland Government website Contacts form.