Standard 1 policy


Eliminating restrictive practices policy


Policy statement

ARMAR HEALTHCARE  recognises, upholds and promoting the rights of people with disability and their right to personal freedom. ARMAR HEALTHCARE  is committed to eliminating restrictive practices.  


This policy supports ARMAR HEALTHCARE  to apply the National Standards for Disability Services, in particular Standard 1: Rights. This policy is owned by the Board.



This policy applies to all persons with disability and all staff. This policy guides all staff on the standards of practice regarding eliminating the use of restrictive practices. It identifies the need for safeguarding approaches on rare occasions where restrictive practices are required.


The ARMAR HEALTHCARE  Board is responsible for this policy. The Chief Executive Office is responsible for the procedures and practice required by this policy.



  • The elimination of restrictive practices upholds and promotes the human rights of all people with disability.
  • Continued assessment, planning and review of individual supports is required to eliminate the use of restrictive practices.
  • Positive behaviour supports are best developed in collaboration with people with disability, family, friends, carers, advocates and other stakeholders.
  • People with disability, their families and carers are the natural authorities for their own lives and are in the best place to communicate their choices and decisions.
  • People with disability will be supported and any restrictive practices will be the least restrictive as possible, time limited and used only as a last resort where the benefits to the individual outweigh any possible negative effects.
  • ARMAR HEALTHCARE ’s practice aligns with Code of Practice for the Elimination of Restrictive Practices.
  • Restrictive practices will not be used as a punishment or for staff convenience.
  • Different service types and approaches may be needed for different people in order to ensure each person has the same opportunities.
  • ARMAR HEALTHCARE is committed to the wellbeing, inclusion, safety and quality of life of people with disability.
  • ARMAR HEALTHCARE will do everything it can to ensure people with disability are safe and treated fairly and respectfully with regard to their wellbeing.



Staff - This refers to permanent full-time, part-time and casual employees, contract workers, temporary agency workers, and volunteers.


Informed consent - Informed consent means a person using appropriate and adequate information can make a decision which they make freely and without unfair pressure or influence. Part of informed consent is that the person also understands the consequences of their decisions.


Restrictive practices - Any intervention and/or practice used to restrict the rights or freedom of movement of people with disability. This includes seclusion, chemical, mechanical, physical, environmental and psychosocial restrictive practices.


Related policy and procedures

  • Safeguarding policy
  • Code of conduct
  • Choice and control policy
  • Complaints policy


Relevant legislation and policy

  • Carers’ Recognition Act 2010
  • Children and Community Services Act 2004
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child 1990
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1992
  • Disability Services Act 1986
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Act 1987
  • Guardianship and Administration Act 1990
  • Code of Practice for the Elimination of Restrictive Practices 2014
  • United Nations Convention on The Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013: Principles
  • National Standards for Disability Services
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme Quality and Safeguarding Framework




Date of approval: [13/01/23]

Date of review: [13/01/24]

Signature of management: