People with disability need and deserve a thorough, CRPD compliant overhaul of RPA and associated systems in NSW, rather than minor changes to a flawed system.
In undertaking this task, key considerations and goals include:
- Full and transparent engagement with the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework and the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
- CRPD compliance
- A supported decision-making model that is legislated and funded
- Independent review panels
- Consistent treatment of restrictive practices across service settings, including but not limited to out of home care, schools, pre-schools and after school care, medical facilities, disability services, community organisations, and places of detention.
Disabled people’s organisations and representatives must be partners in the design and implementation of such an overhaul. Without this partnership, it is likely that underlying drivers of restrictive practices, which are so often abusive, will continue.
You can download our full submission on Restrictive Practices Authorisation as a Word doc.