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