Specialist disability support

Specialist disability support assists people with a disability in matters relating to behaviour intervention, multiple and complex needs or the criminal justice system.

Behaviour Intervention Sevices

The Behaviour Intervention Support Team (BIST) provides services for people who demonstrate challenging behaviour.

Challenging behaviour is behaviour that places the person or others at risk, and/or reduces the person's access to environments, activities or experiences. This can include aggressive, self-injurious, anti-social or dangerous behaviours.

BIST interventions focus on training, strategies and support to family and carers. This is so they can assist a person demonstrating challenging behaviour to learn more appropriate skills and to be involved in more appropriate activities.

BIST is committed to the use of non-aversive techniques that promote positive skills development.

Assistance from BIST is available to people with a disability who meet the criteria specified in the Disability Act 2006.

Criminal Justice Services

We provide and fund services for people with a disability who are, or are at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system. 

These services are designed to prevent offending and minimise the risk of re-offence. They are also to protect and promote the rights and responsibilities of people with a disability who come into contact with, or at risk of coming into contact with the criminal justice system.

See our Services website for further information on Criminal justice services available for individuals with a disability.

Criminal Justice Practice Manual

The Criminal justice practice manual provides disability services workers with guidelines and practice advice when working with people with a disability involved in the criminal justice system.

You can download the manual (see 'Related resources') or, alternatively, you can obtain a hard copy by sending an email to Disability Services.

Corrections Victoria, Department of Justice and Disablity Services protocol

We work collaboratively with the Department of Justice to support people with a disability who are involved in the criminal justice system.

The protocol between Corrections Victoria, Department of Justice and us provide disability services workers with guidelines for a collaborative working relationship with Corrections Victoria when working with people with a disability involved in the criminal justice system.

For more information, see Related resources.

Disability Services and Youth Justice protocol and guideline 2009

Disability Services and Youth Justice work collaboratively to support young people with a disability who are involved in the youth justice system.

The Disability Services and Youth Justice protocol and guideline 2009 provides Disability Services workers with guidelines for a collaborative working relationship with Youth Justice.

For more information, see Related resources.

The Positive Practice Framework

The Positive Practice Framework (PPF) is a resource for Behaviour Support Services (BSS) practitioners and other interested professionals. 

  • About the framework

    The Positive Practice Framework (PPF) presents a practice model that brings together current research, knowledge and practice strategies, and reflects the legislative requirements of the Disability Act 2006.

    Development of the framework was overseen by the BSS Improvement Project Steering Committee, with original subject matter content authored by consultant psychologists, Dr Astrid Birgden and Ms Mellanie Fernandez.

    The practice model is based on positive behaviour support and promotes a person-centred approach to responding to people with emerging or presenting behaviours of concern.

    The frame includes:

    • Background information and context
    • Overview of the practice model and principles
    • Practice pathway strategies
    • Advice
    • Standards and supporting templates
    • References.

    The practice pathway has been designed to assist practitioners to implement the practice model. It also offers advice about key stages of the practice pathway such as assessment, intervention, support and review.

    Two templates: Behaviour monitoring form and Goodness of fit survey, have been extracted from the framework and created as stand-alone documents for easy use. For more information, see in Related resources.