Changes to Restrictive Practices

Written on the 18 July 2018

The legislation around the use of restrictive practices in service provision has changed!

What is a restrictive practice?

A restrictive practice is a practice, device or action that removes another person's freedom or interferes with another person's ability to make a decision.

There are various types of restrictive practices such as:

  • Mechanical Restraint
  • Physical restraint
  • Seclusion
  • Chemical Restraint
  • Detention
  • Environmental Restraint
  • Exclusion
  • Aversive Restraint or Intervention
  • Psycho-social Restraint
  • Prone Physical Restraint
  • Supine Physical Restraint

What are the changes?

Community Living Australia is committed and required to, where possible, reduce or eliminate the use of restrictive practices in service provision.

There is now new recording, reporting, approval and review requirements that we will undertake before and when using restrictive practices in our provision of services.

These changes are required by government. Community Living Australia and all of its employees are required by law to strictly follow these requirements at all times when providing services.

What is Community Living Australia doing?

A letter is being sent to all clients, families and employees of Community Living Australia along with a Restrictive Practices Information Booklet. This letter and booklet explain the different types of restrictive practices, why these changes have occurred, what the requirements are and how these affect us and our service provision.

The letter and booklet also clearly outlines our organisational processes that have been put in place in response to the changes in legislation as well as the views of the organisation in regards to the use of restrictive practices.

Please read this letter and the booklet to familiarise yourself with restrictive practices, the changes and what they mean for us as a service provider.

Community Living Australia remains committed to reducing or where possible eliminating the use of any type of restrictive practice in our delivery of services to people with disability. As such we are:

  • Conducting a review and creating a register of all restrictive practices in use across the organisation
  • Implementing a committee with the task of looking at and reviewing this register working to reduce the use of restrictive practices across the organisation
  • Appointing a Restrictive Practices Compliance Officer to support Team Leaders and Regional Managers to ensure that when a Restrictive Practice is used the correct framework has been followed
  • Focussing on training and educating our employees.

We believe it is our role to support clients to develop their level of independence and their ability to live a life of their choosing and making. 

Want more information

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the changes, restrictive practices in general or the information booklet, or if you have not received an information booklet and would like a copy, please don't hesitate to contact Community Living Australia on 08 8536 5888 or via email to 



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