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Use of restrictive practices for vaccinations

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission has created a fact sheet for NDIS providers about supporting people with disability to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The fact sheet includes information on complying with restrictive practices rules.

The NDIS Commission has designed the information to help providers understand their obligations for the vaccinations. It also covers information about consent and preparation for the vaccine.

People with disability who have behaviour supports may need a restrictive practice so that they can have the COVID-19 vaccination. The use of any restrictive practice must follow the NDIS Rules.

Using physical or mechanical restraint so that someone can be vaccinated is likely to be considered a restrictive practice.

If a provider uses a restrictive practice to vaccinate someone:

  • the person must have a behaviour support plan that includes the use of the restrictive practice
  • the restrictive practice must be authorised by the state or territory and evidence given to the NDIS Commission.

If a provider uses restrictive practices without a behaviour support plan or authorisation from the state or territory, it should be reported to the NDIS Commission.

The decision to use a restrictive practice needs careful clinical and ethical consideration. It should take into account a person’s human rights and their right to independence.

You can read more about restrictive practices and COVID-19 vaccinations, including state and territory authorisations, in the fact sheet on the NDIS Commission website.

19 March 2021
Applies to all states