General principles guiding actions under this Act: Of particular relevance is the principle that: “people with disability should be supported to exercise choice, including in relation to taking reasonable risks, in the pursuit their goals and the planning and delivery of their supports” [s4(4)].

General principles guiding actions of people who may do acts or things on behalf of others: Decision making should remain with the participant if possible: “people with disability should be involved in decision decision making processes that affect them, and where possible make decisions for themselves” [s5(a)].

Principles relating to the participation of people with disability: “People with disability are assumed, so far as is reasonable in the circumstances, to have capacity to determine their own best interests and make decisions that affect their own lives” [s17A(1)]

Principles relating to plans in [s31] state that the preparation, review and replacement of a participant’s plan, and the management of funding for supports under a participant’s plan, should so far as reasonably practicable:

  1. be individualised
  2. be directed by the participant
  3. where relevant consider and respect the role of family, carers and other persons who are significant in life of the participant.
  4. where possible, strengthen and build capacity of families and carers to support participants who are children
    (a) if the participant and the participant’s carers agree – strengthen and build the capacity of families and carers to support the participant in adult life
  5. consider the availability to the participant of informal support and other support services generally available to any person in the community
  6. support communities to respond to the individual goals and needs of participants
  7. be underpinned by the right of the participant to exercise control over his or her own life
  8. advance the inclusion and participation in the community of the participant with the aim of achieving his or her individual aspirations
  9. maximise the choice and independence of the participant
  10. facilitate tailored and flexible responses to the individual goals and needs of the participant.
  11. provide the context for the provision of disability services to the participant and, where appropriate, coordinate the delivery of disability services where there is more than one disability service provider