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:
- be individualised
- be directed by the participant
- where relevant consider and respect the role of family, carers and other persons who are significant in life of the participant.
- 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
- consider the availability to the participant of informal support and other support services generally available to any person in the community
- support communities to respond to the individual goals and needs of participants
- be underpinned by the right of the participant to exercise control over his or her own life
- advance the inclusion and participation in the community of the participant with the aim of achieving his or her individual aspirations
- maximise the choice and independence of the participant
- facilitate tailored and flexible responses to the individual goals and needs of the participant.
- 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