Resource Library

Regulated Restrictive Practices Guide

This guide explains what a restrictive practice is, assists in identifying each regulated restrictive practice and provides practice advice consistent with a positive behaviour support framework  and contemporary evidence informed practice, with the intention to reduce and eliminate the use of restrictive practices. 

Community Visitors Annual Report 2019-2020

The report identifies a range of issues critical to the safety, treatment, care and human rights of Victoria’s most vulnerable citizens who, due to their disabilities, require 24-hour care in state- regulated or managed services. These issues include continuing abuse, assaults and violence, particularly resident-on-resident and patient-on-patient, as well as concerning issues relating to Community Visitors being frustrated in their work with facilities, denied access to incident reports, vulnerable people still failing to access or benefit from the NDIS, insufficient accommodation for people with a mental illness and a failure of regulation in the SRS sector, resulting in the troubling neglect of residents.

General Issues Report

This report relates to the committee’s ongoing inquiry into general issues regarding the implementation and performance of the NDIS. The report provides an update on the committee’s recent activities and makes 10 recommendations to improve the NDIS for participants, providers and other key stakeholders.

NDIS Workforce Interim Report

This is an interim report which makes 14 recommendations to address key issues facing the NDIS workforce. The committee will continue to consider these issues next year and intends to present a final report on the NDIS workforce to Parliament in 2021.

Flexibility in individual funding schemes: How well did Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme support remote learning for students with disability during COVID‐19?

This research abstract reports on a survey of over 700 families that explored how Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supported children and young people and their families to learn remotely during COVID‐19. The results suggest that participant experiences varied widely, with some people able to make the changes they required and others left with a significant service gap. This shows that individual funding schemes are not necessarily more flexible than traditional systems in an emergency situation.

Victoria’s transition to a new accessible parking permit scheme

A pilot of the new Accessible Parking Permit (APP) Scheme and online administration system is underway.  They replace the previous Victorian Code for the Disabled Persons Parking Scheme and individual council administration systems.  From Monday 30th November, residents and organisations located in limited Council areas who require a new permit or need to renew or replace their current permit will apply online through the new system. It is anticipated that the remaining Victorian councils will transition to the new Scheme and APP Online Service in 2021.

NDIS Planning Final Report

For years, participants, advocacy groups and the sector have been calling for reform in the planning arena. This inquiry, including the committee’s interim report tabled in December 2019, and the Review of the NDIS Act and the new NDIS Participant Service Guarantee (Tune Review) make broad-ranging recommendations to address long-standing issues with the planning process. committee made 14 recommendations in its interim report and it makes another 42 recommendations in this final report. These recommendations are intended to bring greater transparency, consistency and accountability to how the NDIS is administered and implemented.

Aged care and COVID-19: a special report

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the greatest challenge Australia’s aged care sector has faced. Those who have suffered the most have been the residents, their families and aged care staff. The report is the result of a hearing of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety into the impact of COVID-19 on aged care, which was held in Sydney from 10 to 13 August 2020.

CEO Open Letter – VALID stands against independent assessments

Yet, the NDIA have already decided that independent assessments will go ahead and that they will be mandatory. They have not done the research or evaluation necessary to prove that independent assessments will work for people with intellectual disability, particularly for people with multiple disabilities and people with complex support needs. The NDIA have not answered our questions about how independent assessments will be used to determine an individual’s support needs.

Experiences of people with disability during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic report

The report makes 22 wide-ranging recommendations in light of evidence from people with disability, advocates, experts and government representatives during the Royal Commission’s fifth public hearing held in August. Chair Ronald Sackville AO QC said it was clear that official lines of communication had failed between decision-makers and people with disability, leaving them feeling “forgotten and ignored”.

Victorian State Budget 2020: Putting People First

The Victorian Government has pulled out all stops to crush inequality and promote community wellbeing across the state, according to Victoria’s peak social advocacy body VCOSS.  “This budget is literally brimming with positive, smart and effective social policy measures that will make real inroads into poverty and disadvantage,” VCOSS CEO Emma King said.

Information Paper: Improving the National Disability Insurance Scheme 

This paper provides information on the package of reforms that will deliver a world-leading National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS. It’s about making a better participant experience and improved access and planning. When implemented, these reforms will make the NDIS work better for participants, their families and carers.

Allied health Capability Framework: Disability and complex support needs

Allied health professionals play an important role in delivering the NDIS. The framework develops the skills and knowledge of allied health professionals to better provide high-quality, person-centred support that promotes choice and control for people with disability and complex support needs.

Hierarchies of power: Disability theories and models and their implications for violence against, and abuse, neglect, and exploitation of, people with disability

This report was commissioned by the Disability Royal Commission and suggests that ‘paternalistic presumptions’ of people with disability is preventing them from living lives on their own terms. It shows how disability theories and models can contribute to promoting a more inclusive society.