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ACT Senior Practitioner

ACT Senior Practitioner Fact Sheet

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From 1 September 2018, the Senior Practitioner Act 2018 (the Act) provides a formal framework for the reduction and elimination of restrictive practices by service providers in the ACT. It also provides the powers and functions of the Senior Practitioner.

The Act enshrines the principle that service providers should only use restrictive practices in very limited circumstances – as a last resort, in the least restrictive way and for the shortest period possible in the circumstances.

The intent of the legislation is not to enable the use of restrictive practices, it is to provide a formal framework for the reduction and elimination of restrictive practices in the ACT.

Mandy Donley has been appointed as the ACT’s inaugural Senior Practitioner, commencing in the role on 5 July 2018.

The leadership and oversight of the Senior Practitioner will help to improve the lives of all people who are vulnerable and potentially subject to restrictive practices. The Act will also enable the ACT to meet its commitments under the National Framework for Reducing and Eliminating the Use of Restrictive Practices in the Disability Sector External link and the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding FrameworkExternal link

The Act regulate the use of restrictive practices by persons or other entities who provide any of the following services to another person:

For more information about Act, including the functions and powers of the Senior Practitioner, please refer to the Fact Sheet on this page.

Reporting on restrictive practices

The functions and powers of the Senior Practitioner will be supported by the collection and reporting of key data on the use of restrictive practices over time.

Under the Act, service providers must report all uses of a restrictive practice to the Senior Practitioner, whether there is a positive behaviour support plan in place for the person or not.

If you are a service provider and would like to report the use of a restrictive practice, please contact the Senior Practitioner on telephone, (02) 6205 2811, or email actseniorpractitioner@act.gov.au

Information sessions

The Senior Practitioner, in partnership with the ACT Human Rights Commission, presented a series of information sessions for disability, education and out-of-home care providers.

Attendees had the opportunity to hear more about the role of the Senior Practitioner and whole-of-government approach to reducing and eliminating restrictive practices, and reporting requirements.

Next steps

Updates and further information, including guidelines to operationalise the Senior Practitioner’s role, will be posted to this website over coming months.

In the meantime, all enquiries and feedback can be emailed to actseniorpractitioner@act.gov.au