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.
The Act regulates the use of restrictive practices by persons or other entities who provide any of the following services to another person:
education (including education and care);
care and protection of children.
For more information about the Act, including the functions and powers of the Senior Practitioner, please refer to the Fact Sheet.
Restrictive Practice e-learning
The Senior Practitioner Act 2018 is legislation that directly affects providers of Disability services, Education and Care and Protection of children. This e-Learning module will provide information on the Act including understanding of the role of the Senior Practitioner and how the Act contributes to the whole of government approach to reducing and eliminating restrictive practices.
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 are held regularly. Upcoming dates for 2020 are:-
Attendees will have the opportunity to hear more about the role of the Senior Practitioner; the whole-of-government approach to reducing and eliminating restrictive practices and; reporting requirements.
The Senior Practitioner Seminar Series will be held in Canberra on a regular basis to showcase current Australian research and evidence-based practice for the reduction and elimination of restrictive practices in schools, disability services and out-of-home care settings.
The Series provides an invaluable opportunity for staff to build their knowledge and awareness of research, policy and practice on topics that support the Act.
The next seminar series event will be held as an online event on Friday 25 September 2020.
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 email@example.com
If a person has a chemical restraint (takes a medication to support the person’s behaviour), families or service providers can ask the prescribing doctor (or psychiatrist) to complete the following chemical restraint form [PDF 414KB][Word 289KB]. This will assist with identifying chemical restraints, completing Positive Behaviour Support Plans and monthly reporting requirements.
Menstrual Suppression is the temporary or permanent cessation of menstruation by the use of pharmacologically active substances or surgical intervention. This can include hormonal implants and Intrauterine devices (IUD).
For more information about supporting women with disability to manage menstruation, please refer to the following:
Service providers are required to prepare a PBS Plan for a person and give the plan to a PBS Panel for approval. It is important to note that only PBS Plans that include a restrictive practice need to be approved by a PBS Panel and registered by the Senior Practitioner.
The role of the Panel is to assess whether the PBS Plan meets legislative requirements, and to ensure that any restrictive practice included in the plan is necessary to prevent harm to the person or others.
New panel arrangements due to impacts of Novel COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
As many people may be working from home due to the impacts of Novel COVID – 19 (coronavirus), we have made the decision that positive behaviour support panels will need to take place remotely online for the foreseeable future. This is in the interest of everyone’s health and safety.
All panels for the foreseeable future will take place via Webex. Webex is an online video conferencing software that can be used on computers as well as Apple and Android devices. It is also possible to phone into a Webex meeting.
Prior to the date you are presenting to the panel you will be sent an invitation to attend the panel meeting. This invitation will also be sent to the panel members as well as those email addresses we have on form A. You may forward this invitation to all parties of interest including parents and the individuals themselves.
These invitations will contain a unique meeting number and password that you will need to use to login to the meeting.
Apps and software for Webex can be downloaded online or from the Apple or Android stores. It is highly advised to use an Apple or Android device (such as an iPhone, iPad, or Android tablet or smartphone) over a computer to minimise the chances of technical issues.
The Senior Practitioner Act 2018 affords protections to all members of our community who receive services from a provider regardless of age gender or CALD background. This video, the first in a series, seeks to raise awareness in the CALD community of what Restrictive Practices are.