On 3 May 2013, Standing Council on Community and Disability Services Ministers considered a draft proposed National Framework for Reducing the Use of Restrictive Practices in the Disability Service Sector (the proposed National Framework). The proposed National Framework was developed jointly by the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments and based on consultation to date from non‑government stakeholders.
An initial targeted consultation on the proposed National Framework for Reducing the Use of Restrictive Practices in the Disability Service Sector was undertaken in April 2013 and that process confirmed the need for a wider period of consultation to be facilitated.
The proposed National Framework outlines key principles to guide work in this area and core strategies to be implemented to reduce the use of restrictive practices in the disability service sector.
A one-month consultation process was open from 31 May 2013, inviting comments from people with disability, their families and carers, disability and carer organisations, advocacy groups, service providers, human rights organisations, medical and allied health professionals, and anyone else concerned with this issue.
It is intended that the proposed National Framework will guide government activity and future policy initiatives in this important area into the future.
The consultation process closed on 28 June 2013.