Authorisation of restrictive practices

The Department of Communities is committed to the reduction and elimination of restrictive practices for people with disability in Western Australia.

The Department of Communities (Communities), in partnership with the disability sector, seeks to ensure the rights of people with disability are protected, and access to high quality services are safeguarded.

Restrictive practices are implemented for the safety of people with disability and/or people around them. A restrictive practice is any type of support or intervention that limits the rights or freedom of movement of a person with disability.

Communities has developed a policy on the use of restrictive practices in disability services called the Authorisation of Restrictive Practices in Funded Disability Services (the Policy). 

The Policy applies to the use of restrictive practices in disability services funded either through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) or by the State Government and comes into effect on 1 December 2020.

Page reviewed 12 April 2021