DSC’s Annual NDIS Conference 2024

Sydney & Online, March 26-27


NDIS 101

Quality & Safeguarding

Allied Health / ECEI

What does a Behaviour Support Practitioner do?

Team DSC

The Behaviour Support Practitioner is responsible for conducting functional behaviour assessments and writing a person’s Positive Behaviour Support Plan. 

An NDIS Behaviour Support Practitioner means a person the NDIS Commission has deemed suitable to undertake behaviour support assessments (including functional behavioural assessments) and to develop behaviour support plans that may contain the use of restrictive practices. 

Behaviour Support Practitioners must be engaged by a registered service provider (or be a registered service provider themselves) which is approved for the registration group Specialist Behaviour Support (110) including an audit against Module 2: Specialist Behaviour Support. Individual Behaviour Support Practitioners must also be approved as suitable by the NDIS Commission through a self-assessment process. 

There are four levels of Behaviour Support Practitioners within the Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Capability Framework. These levels articulate the capabilities of core practitioners through to recognising the expertise of highly experienced and specialist practitioners. 

Digram showing a Core Practitioner, proficient practitioner, advanced practitioner, specialist practitioner. Progression pathway for NDIS behaviour support practitioners in the PBS Capability Framework

Source: Positive Behaviour Support Capability Framework

Behaviour Support Practitioner responsibilities 

  • Once engaged, a Behaviour Support Practitioner is required to complete an interim plan within 1 month and a comprehensive plan within 6 months that includes the use of the regulated restrictive practice. 

  • Any behaviour support plan that contains a regulated restrictive practice is required to be lodged with the NDIS Commission via the NDIS Commission Portal. 

  • The Behaviour Support Practitioner evaluates strategies through regular engagement with the participant, and by reviewing and monitoring data collected by the implementing provider. 

  • The behaviour support plan must be reviewed at least every 12 months and when there is a change in circumstances.

  • The Behaviour Support Practitioner must support providers implementing the plan and notify the NDIS Commission if they are concerned that strategies are not being appropriately implemented. 

Who can be a Behaviour Support Practitioner?

That's the multi-million dollar question. The NDIS Commission PBS Capability Framework does not outline minimum years of practice, qualifications, training or professional development required to be a behaviour support practitioner. They require people to have certain capabilities as detailed in the framework which they must evidence through the self-assessment process. The NDIS Commission has published resources that outline the assessment process and application requirements to seek suitability as an NDIS behaviour support practitioner. See Resources for practitioner suitability assessment and application.

How I do I find a suitable Behaviour Support Practitioner?

If you know the behaviour support practitioner's details you can confirm if they have considered suitable by searching for them in the the search tool. Noting that only behaviour support practitioners who have consented to publish their details are included in the search results. A number of provisionally suitable behaviour support practitioners awaiting an outcome on their application will not appear until their application is approved.

If you are seeking a behaviour support service in your area go to the NDIS provider finder. To find behaviour support services in the NDIS Provider Finder, select behaviour support from the registration group. 

To understand the role of the implementing provider read here.

Artwork by Melissa Pym.