The processes relating to plans should be individualised, self-directed, respect the right of participants to exercise control, and maximise choice and independence. [s31]
These principles may be used to advocate for greater autonomy and expanded opportunities to exercise choice and control in all stages of plan development and management.
However, these principles are presented with an inbuilt limitation:
The condition “so far as reasonably practicable” might be used to limit the application of [s31] principles during the process. For instance, it might be assumed or argued that certain protections or contributions are not “reasonably practicable” under the circumstances.
Participants who confront such assumptions and arguments, from the Agency or others, may consider whether to interrogate the evidence or challenge the logical basis on which these assumptions or arguments are justified. This type of advocacy may use the wording of [s31] to hold any limitation on rights to the standards and values of the legislation, that is, based on reasoned, practical necessity, and not on weak claims of fact, unreliable assumptions or institutional convenience.