The key responsibilities of Authorised Program Officers (APO) are defined by the Disability Act 2006 (the Act). The Act states the roles of the authorised program officer in relation to the use of restrictive interventions and compulsory treatment.
The Authorised Program Officer has a key role in helping chart a successful path towards the reduction of the use of restrictive practices by keeping an eye out for red flags and helping support the team review progress of behaviour support plans.
To obtain approval to act as an Authorised Program Officer see APO Approval process (Word).
- Senior Practitioner Report 2018-2019 (Word) - September 2020
- Senior Practitioner Report 2018-2019 - Plain English (Word) - September 2020
- Research on a page antipsychotic medications (Word) - June 2020
- Why is that locked? (Word) - June 2020
- Chemical restraint of people with a disability - guide and form (Word) - June 2020
- Red flags for Authorised Program Officers - disability service providers (Word) - March 2020
- Red flags for Authorised Program Officers - registered NDIS providers (Word) - March 2020
- Use of menstrual suppression - Report (PDF) - February 2020
- Information for Authorised Program Officers appointed by registered NDIS providers (Word) - October 2019
- Information for Authorised Program Officers appointed by disability service providers (Word) - October 2019
- Recognising and reducing mechanical restraint practice guide (Word)
- Physical restraint direction paper 271119 easy read (Word)
- Medications and the restrictive intervention database system (Word)
- Positive practice framework (Word)
- Using restrictive practices in Victoria for NDIS providers (Word)
Resources on our Providers website
- Reducing the use of restrictive clothing as mechanical restraint (Word)
- Independent person toolkit (Word)
- Disability, mental health and medication (Word)
- Experiences of restrictive practices (Word)
- Experiences of restrictive practices - easy read (Word)
- Getting it right from the start - value of good assessment (Word)
- Attachment and trauma in people with an intellectual disability (Word).