Restrictive Practices in the NDIS Way forward for QLD & VIC provider from 1 August

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The NDIS quality and safeguard requirements apply to any organisation or person delivering services under the NDIS and meeting these requirements is a prerequisite condition of NDIS registration.

Restrictive practices are often authorised for use as part of a person’s behavior support plan to make sure people can be supported safely. In this context, complying with the requirements in relation to behaviour support plans and the use of restrictive practices, is an important part of maintaining strong quality and safeguard practices.

While the NDIS Commission has oversight of behaviour support, the Queensland Government remains responsible for providing approvals for providers to use a restrictive practice in the first instance, and for maintaining records of approvals.

Restrictive Practice Identification tool can help QLD providers through the process, whereas Restrictive Intervention Self-Evaluation Tool (RISET) is to assist VIC providers to understand the use of restrictive interventions.

What restrictive practices are and the impact they have on the people you support

This guide (here) and accompanying short films have been developed by the NDS as part of the Zero Tolerance Initiative to help explore restrictive practices from a human rights perspective. Together, these will help you to explore less restrictive ways to support people safely.

A short introduction film and seven pairs of films explore the following restrictive practices:

  • Restricted Access
  • Power Control
  • Mechanical Restraint
  • Chemical Restraint
  • Physical Restraint
  • Seclusion
  • Consequence Control

Reporting on the use of regulated restrictive practices

From the beginning of August, implementing providers will be required to report monthly on restrictive practice use to the NDIS Commission.

Who needs to submit a monthly report?

Implementing providers who at 1 July 2019 were permitted to use regulated restrictive practices in the provision of NDIS supports or services to NDIS participants, where this use was in accordance with the authorisation process and, if applicable, an existing behaviour support plan.

Do you need to submit a monthly report if no restrictive practices are used during that month?

Yes, all implementing providers who are authorised to use a regulated restrictive practice must report monthly to the NDIS Commission, regardless of whether or not the restrictive practice was used within that month. Respite providers are not required to submit non-use reports when they are not providing a service to the participant.

When do you need to submit monthly reports?

Monthly reports for the month of July will be open from the first day of August and must be submitted within 5 business days.

Instructions for commencing monthly reporting for implementing providers in Queensland

  • Step 1 – Request access to the NDIS Commission Portal.
  • Step 2 – Create a record in the portal and attach the behaviour support plan
  • Step 3 – Commence monthly reporting

Instructions for commencing monthly reporting for implementing providers in Victoria

  • Step 1 – Request access to the NDIS Commission Portal.
  • Step 2 – Verify and accept your behaviour support plans.
  • Step 3 – Commence monthly reporting.

For additional guidance, refer to the user guide here and Restrictive practices reporting form.