Office of the Senior Practitioner


ACT Senior Practitioner

ACT Senior Practitioner Fact Sheet
Positive Behaviour Support Plans 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, is continuing to present a series of information sessions for disability, education and out-of-home care providers.

Information sessions will be:-

Attendees will have 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.

These sessions are free of charge, but bookings are required via the Eventbrite website, at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/act-senior-practitioner-17639159808

ACT Senior Practitioner Seminar 8 February 2019

Date and time: Friday 8 February 2019, 9:00am – 5:00 pm

Venue: Bullan Rooms, Nature Conservation House (NCH), 153 Emu Bank, Belconnen

Registration: The Seminar is being offered free of charge, but places are strictly limited. Please register for via Eventbrite, at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/act-%20senior-practitioner-17639159808

Who should attend: Government and non-government leaders in disability, out of home care or education, child protection staff, out of home care providers, disability sector staff, education staff, parents and advocate.

More information on ACT Senior Practitioner Seminar Series

Consultation on proposed changes to the Senior Practitioner Act 2018

Community feedback is being sought on a number of proposed amendments to the Senior Practitioner Act 2018.

The proposed amendments, summarised on the attached consultation paper , seek to address issues raised by stakeholders during the early implementation of the Act, as well as ensure alignment with the NDIS National Quality and Safeguarding Framework.

Feedback on the proposed amendments, or comments on any other aspect of the Act, can be provided via the online survey, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C6KKCQV

Comments on this consultation paper are sought by 18 December 2018.

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