Strengthened restrictive practice requirements for residential aged care facilities

Press Release: 4 June 2021

From 1 July 2021, aged care providers must comply with strengthened legislative obligations for the use of restrictive practices.

The Aged Care and Other Legislative Amendment (Royal Commission Response No.1) Bill 2021 was introduced into Parliament on 27 May 2021, and makes changes to current aged care legislation.

The Quality of Care Principles 2014 have also been revised and outline the detail of the amended requirements relating to the use of restrictive practices, including the limited circumstances where a restrictive practice can be used.

An exposure draft of the proposed amendments to the principles is available to assist aged care providers to prepare to meet their enhanced responsibilities.

The amended principles are a result of the Independent review of legislative provisions governing the use of restraint in residential aged care and consultations with key stakeholders across the aged care sector and clinical experts on the use of restrictive practices.

The revised legislation:

  • emphasises individualised care and reinforces the rights of aged care recipients
  • strengthens and clarifies the definitions of restrictive practices
  • clarifies consent requirements to ensure providers understand their obligations, and
  • ensures restrictive practices are only used as a last resort to prevent harm after best practice behaviour supports and plans have been considered and applied.

For more information visit the department’s website.

Should you have any questions or concerns with the legislative amendments please email qualityagedcare@health.gov.au.

Department of Health

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