People With Intellectual Disabilities At Risk

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Tabled in parliament

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In 2001, the Vincent review, which looked into the operation of disability services, drew attention to serious issues in how people in care were restrained without their consent. The report asked for a transparent and accountable system that protected the rights and safety of people with disabilities and their carers.

Subsequently, the Commission was asked in December 2001 to review the provisions for the compulsory care of persons with an intellectual disability who are at risk to themselves. Following the publication of a discussion paper in May 2002,  the Commission received 29 submissions and consulted widely with individuals and organisations. It also drew on an expert advisory committee.

The final report, tabled on 20 November 2003, included 141 recommendations. In particular, it recommended the introduction of legislative principles, a statutory office of Senior Clinician, preparation of detention plans, and that Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal should review decisions.

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Project Stage

  • Terms of reference received
  • Submissions and consultations
  • Submissions closed
  • Final Report
  • Tabled in parliament