Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

What is a positive behaviour support plan

A Positive Behaviour Support Plan summarises the three elements on the previous screen, and uses them to describe practical ways of more effectively supporting the person who uses challenging behaviour.

The plan is explicitly targeted at achieving the two objectives of improving quality of life and reducing the impact of challenging behaviour.

A Positive Behaviour Support Plan must clearly describe:

  • why the person uses challenging behaviour;
  • how the environment must be changed to make this behaviour unnecessary;
  • specific approaches to teaching the person new skills so that they do not have to rely on challenging behaviour to have their needs met;
  • what the objectives of the plan are; and
  • how all people in the person's life (i.e. their ‘team’), will contribute to implementing the plan.