There are significant differences between the behaviour support requirements in aged care and those in the NDIS.

The transitional arrangements on place for Residential Aged Care providers will help facilitate orderly processes for the NDIA to add funding for behaviour support to NDIS participant plans where required, for the development of positive behaviour support plans for participants, and to obtain state and territory authorisation for the use of regulated restrictive practices.

 

Transitioned providers will:

  • by 1 January 2021, have to notify the NDIS Commission regarding the use of a regulated restrictive practice for an NDIS participant (this does not replace the requirement of providers to report the use of an unauthorised restrictive practice as a reportable incident).
  • where no positive behaviour support plan exists for the NDIS participant:
    • by 1 March 2021, take all reasonable steps to obtain an interim behaviour support plan, and obtain authorisation for the use of the regulated restrictive practice from state and territory bodies.
    • by 1 June 2021, take all reasonable steps to obtain a comprehensive behaviour support plan and obtain authorisation for the use of the regulated restrictive practice from state and territory bodies.

 

View information about reasonable steps.

Comprehensive positive behaviour support plans for NDIS participants who need one will need to be in place by 1 December 2021.

Any use of a regulated restrictive practice not authorised (however described, by the state/territory) and not in accordance with a behaviour support plan is an unauthorised restrictive practice and needs to be reported to the NDIS Commission as a reportable incident within 5 business days. More information is available on our incident management and reportable incidents webpage.

 

How does my Participant get funding for a Behaviour Support Plan?

With the new registration arrangements introduced on 1 December 2020 for Residential Aged Care providers who provide services to NDIS participants, some participants may now need a behaviour support plan.  The Aged Care Advisory Team at the NDIA is committed to expediting this process as much as possible and have therefore developed a streamlined request process for RACs to submit information to the NDIA to support a plan review request. Please send all information to the specified email address on the form.  Providing the information needed when submitting the request will ensure that decisions about reviews can be considered more quickly.

 

Watch the Behaviour Support Webinar for more information about your responsibilities. There is a webinar available for each State and Territory which includes the authorisation process in your jurisdiction.

Resources you could use in your workplace:

Useful Contacts:

 

State/ Territory Behaviour Support Teams at the NDIS Commission:

State/Territory Authorisation bodies:

QLD – Authorisation requirements do not apply to RAC providers in QLD

NSW – Department of Family and Community Services

ACT – ACT Senior Practitioner

VIC Department of Health and Human Services

TAS – Office of the Senior Practitioner

NT – Department of Health

SA – The Office of the Public Advocate (08 8342 8200)

WA Department of Communities