Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

Legislative and positive behaviour support plans

In order to improve supports to people with intellectual disabilities who use challenging behaviour, the Queensland Disability Services Act (2006) (PDF) requires that a positive behaviour support plan must be developed for people who are subject to restrictive practices (containment, seclusion, physical, chemical and mechanical restraint and restricted access to objects). In these situations, it has been identified that the person would benefit from a plan that includes the regulated use of restrictive practices  to ensure their safety.

Visit Positive Behaviour Support to read more about Positive Behaviour Support Plans where a Restrictive Practice is recommended.

It is important to remember that not all people who would benefit from a Positive Behaviour Support Plan also require the use of a restrictive practice. Regardless of whether the person requires a restrictive practice, a Positive Behaviour Support Plan must contain those elements listed in on the "What is a Positive Behaviour Support Plan" page, to ensure its success in improving quality of life and reducing the impact of challenging behaviour.  For an example of how best practice in Positive Behaviour Support can be applied in the context of the (new act), see the Model Positive Behaviour Support Plan.

To learn more about restrictive practices visit the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors website.