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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 2174 ..


inconsistent with a registered positive behaviour support plan, the senior practitioner must give the provider a direction to stop the practice.

As noted previously, the bill includes offences, which are to take effect from 1 July 2019. This will coincide with the start of the NDIS quality and safeguarding framework in the ACT and will give providers time to get ready to meet their responsibilities under the bill. Under part 8 of the bill, it will be an offence for providers to use a restrictive practice on a person that is not permitted under a registered positive behaviour support plan. It will also be an offence for providers to fail to comply with any directions issued by the senior practitioner after investigating the use of a restrictive practice.

A priority for the senior practitioner will be to build strong working relationships with other key oversight agencies, with the aim of leveraging and enhancing existing safeguarding arrangements, and to best meet the needs of people who may be vulnerable to restrictive practices.

The Senior Practitioner Bill supports the ACT government's commitment to improving the lives of all people who are vulnerable and potentially subject to restrictive practices, as well as upholding their human rights. The bill ensures we meet our commitments under the NDIS quality and safeguarding framework and the national framework for reducing and eliminating the use of restrictive practices in the disability sector. I commend this bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Kikkert) adjourned to the next sitting.

Health, Ageing and Community Services—Standing Committee

Reference

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (11.12): I move:

That the Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services inquire into and report on the delivery of high quality maternity services, including, but not limited to, the support of staff in a high-pressure environment, and any related matters.

This is an important issue for the Canberra community, and this motion is a simple one. It refers the matter to the Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services but does not set a time frame because the committee already has a body of work underway. It is the belief of the Liberal Party that issues in relation to maternity services are important and warrant more consideration by this Assembly. The best way to do that would be through a committee inquiry allowing members of the community the capacity to tell their stories about the provision of maternity services and how we might improve them.

There is wide recognition—and especially since the letter received by Minister Fitzharris on 16 April—that maternity services in the ACT are under pressure. As a result, I think it is time we allowed people to tell their stories and had an open


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