Approval to Use Restrictive Intervention - Victoria

Service summary

You may require this approval if you provide a disability service. A disability service is a service that is provided specifically for the support of persons with a disability by a disability service provider.

It is ordinarily illegal to interfere with the freedom of movement of a disabled person. However, you may apply to the Agency for approval to use restrictive interventions on persons under your care.

Restrictive intervention means any intervention that is used to restrict the rights or freedom of movement of a person with a disability including chemical restraint, mechanical restraint, or seclusion.

The approval allows you to appoint one or more of your staff as an Authorised Program Officer. Authorised Program Officers are responsible for ensuring that restrictive interventions are only used in accordance with the Disability Services Act.

Once you are approved, you may only use restrictive interventions if certain conditions are met.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this approval you must:

  • be a registered disability service provider
  • nominate a person or persons to be appointed as an Authorised Program Officer
  • submit the forms or documentation required by the Agency.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Ongoing requirements

A restrictive intervention may only be used on a person if:

  • it is necessary to prevent the person causing physical harm to themselves or others
  • the use and form of the restraint or seclusion is the lease restrictive option in the circumstances
  • the use and form of the restraint is included in the person's behaviour support plan and complies with the behaviour support plan.

Behaviour support plans must be reviewed at least once every twelve months. An independent person must be available to explain to the person the inclusion of the proposed restraint or seclusion in the person's proposed behaviour support plan.


As specified on the approval.



Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.


General Disability Act 2006 Information Sheet 14 - Restrictive Interventions - PDF Opens a PDF in a new browser window

Application for Approval to Use Restrictive Intervention - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.



Please lodge your application and any associated documents directly with the Secretary to the Department. Your application must include the prescribed details and a request for approval of the title and rank of any position and the name of the holder of the position to be appointed as an Authorised Program Officer for the disability service provider.

Administering agency

Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Disability Services

Act(s) name

Disability Act 2006 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Disability Regulations 2007 (Victoria)

Contact details

Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Disability Services


1800 783 783


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