Restrictive Practices Resources

What is a restrictive practice – Easy Read Info Guide, by Council for Intellectual Disability.

The Empowerent Circle –  can be used to help you think about how people can be more empowered in all areas of their lives, and to recognise poor or neglectful practice, abuse and crime (National Disability Services).

NDS Zero Tolerance Resource Guide – includes online training modules. An initiave by NDS to assist disability services providers to understand, implement and improve practices which safeguard to rights of people they support.

DSC Resource Guide to Quality and Safeguarding Key Documents – A guide to the key NDIS resources to help navigate the maze a little easier.

National Framework for Reducing and Eliminating the Use of Restrictive Practices in the Disability Service Sector

Restrictive Practices Reference Guide for the South Australian Disability Service Sector – 2017

Safeguarding People with Disability from Restrictive Practices – 2017

Roadmap resource for achieving dignity without restraint – Office of the Senior Practitioner, 2012.

Office of the Public Advocate, SA.

Special Powers information sheet – OPA SAResources page

Restrictive Practices Presentation Office of Public Advocate SA – June 2018 Anne Gale

Restrictive Practices and Guardianship – NSW Civil Administrative Tribunal.

Guardian for Restrictive Practices – QLD Civil Administrative Tribunal.

Evidence-based guidelines to reduce the need for restrictive practices in the disability sector – A Guide for Psychologists, 2011

Zero  Tolerance Framework – A 30-minute video based e-learning program for disability support workers. Three modules with printable worksheets help facilitate personal and group reflection and a commitment to action.

NDS- Zero tolerance – Recognising Restrictive Practices,  A Practice Guide.

Safeguarding People Living with Disability from Abuse – A Worker’s Guide to Safe-Guarding People Living with Disability from Abuse: to promote the skills and confidence of workers in the field of disability.

Restrictive Interventions – Disability practice resources for restrictive interventions (Health and Human Services Victoria).

Office or Professionals Practice – Victoria Health and Humans Services links to restrictive practices resources.

Restrictive Practices in Residential Aged Care Australia – May 2019

RISET – a tool to monitor and reduce restrictive interventions – Helping staff working in disability support services better understand and monitor the use of restrictive interventions or practices (Health and Human Services Victoria).


NDIA Rules and Guidelines

National Disability Insurance Scheme (Restrictive Practices and Behaviour Support ) Rules 2018

National Disability Insurance Scheme (Incident Management and Reportable Incidents Rules 2018

NDIS Code of Conduct


NDIS Q+S Commission tools and resources

Regulated Restrictive Practices Guide – a primary tool for the sector in assisting to understand & identify regulated restrictive practices, including best practice principles (NDIS Q+S Commission).

The Positive Behaviour Support Capability Framework – The PBS Capability Framework outlines the capabilities required of individuals providing behaviour support under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The PBS Capability Framework has been produced by the NDIS Commission using best practice positive behaviour support (PBS) as its guidance.

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Framework – The NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework is designed to ensure high quality supports and safe environments for all NDIS participants.

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission – Behaviour Support/Restrictive practices information page

Jeffrey Chan – Dr Jeffrey Chan is the national senior practitioner in the newly established NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission in Australia.



Webber, L., McVilly, K., Fester, T., & Chan, J. (2011). Factors influencing the quality of behaviour support plans and the impact of quality of BSPs on the use of restrictive interventions in disability services in Australia. International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support, 1(1), 24-31

Webber, L., McVilly, K., & Chan, J. (2011). Restrictive interventions for people with intellectual disability exhibiting challenging behaviours: analyses of a population database. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 24(6), 495-507.

Webber, L., McVilly, K., Stevenson, E., & Chan, J. (2010). The use of restrictive interventions in Victoria, Australia: Population data for 2007-2008. . Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 35(3), 199-206.

Webber, L., Lambrick, F., Donley, M., Buchholtz, M., Chan, J., Carracher, R., & Patel, G. (2010). Restraint and seclusion of people on compulsory treatment orders in Victoria, Australia in 2008-2009. Psychiatry, Psychology & Law, 17(4), 562-573.

Ramcharan, P., & Chan, J. (2009). Experiences of restrictive practices: A view from people with disabilities and family carers. Paper presented at the 9th Annual Conference of the Australian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability – Disability Support Workers: More than just a career: A careere that makes a difference, 18-19 November; Melbourne: Victoria.

Rethinking restrictive practices: A comparative analysis. Chandler, Kim, Willmott, Lindy, & White, Ben (2014).  QUT Law Review, 14(2), pp. 90-122.