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Bringing supported decision-making to behaviour support

Project Details

Funding partner

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission


June 2021 – June 2023


A website will share four integrated sets of resources tailored for the key project audiences: people with disability, supporters, service providers, and behaviour support practitioners.

Evidence reviews which underpin a model for supported decision-making will also be made available.

Academic articles and conference papers to come.


This project is jointly led by Flinders and Council for Intellectual Disability.

DCI researchers

Flinders University researchers

  • Professor Chris Brebner

Research partners

  • Council for Intellectual Disability – Sabrina Forte, Lizzie Spasich, Julian Vaz

  • UNSW Sydney Social Policy Research Centre – Professor Karen Fisher, Dr Julian Laurens, Rosemary Kayess

  • University of Adelaide – Associate Professor Stacie Attrill

  • Office of the Public Advocate (Victoria) – Colleen Pearce, Aiofe Cooke

  • Possability – Matthew Spicer, Nicole Crates


People with disability have the right to make decisions about their behaviour support plans and have the right to receive support to make those decisions. However, people with disability are often not included in the development of their plans. 

The project focuses on how supported decision-making can be used to help people with disability have more choice and control in the development of their behaviour support plan. 

It aims to improve the quality of behaviour support plans through supported decision-making and reduce the use of restrictive practices.

The project comprises evidence reviews and the development of a suite of integrated resources aimed at building the capacity to support decision-making for people with decision-making disability, targeted to people themselves, their families, service providers, and behaviour support practitioners. 

We are partnering with a group of organisations to make sure the resources meet the needs of people with disability, families and providers.


The results of the research will support people with decision-making disability to participate more fully in an important part of their own lives, improving their access to their human rights.

The co-design methodology will generate high-quality resources for participants and supporters, and address resistant problems in generating quality in behaviour support plans and decreasing the use of restrictive practices.

The project outputs will contribute to a national approach to training and competency development and outcome measurement and continuous improvement that underpins high-quality, consistent and safe behaviour support practices.


An easy-read resource for this project is not currently available.

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