People With Intellectual Disabilities At Risk

Project Status:

Tabled in parliament

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In 2001, the Vincent review looked into the operation of disability services. The review found that there were 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.

The VLRC was asked in December 2001 to review the ways that people with an intellectual disability who are at risk to themselves are treated in compulsory care. The Commission published a discussion paper in May 2002, and received 29 submissions and consulted widely with individuals and organisations. It also consulted an expert advisory committee.

The final report, tabled on 20 November 2003, included 141 recommendations. In particular, it recommended:

  • the introduction of legislative principles for how people with intellectual disabilities are treated in care
  • a statutory office of Senior Clinician
  • preparation of detention plans
  • the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal should review decisions.

To find out how the law changed, visit the Implementation page.

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Project Stage

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