Tracey Harkness
Director – Behaviour Support NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

Tracey Harkness is a registered psychologist with over 20 years of experience in the provision of positive behaviour support for people with disability who engage in behaviours of concern. Tracey has regularly provided guest lectures for WSU and UNSW as well as training over 200 psychologists in NSW government agencies in motivational interviewing, positive behaviour support and clinical supervision. Tracey has held the positions of Practice Leader, Psychology for Ageing, Disability and Homecare and most recently was the Senior Manager of the NSW Practice Leaders team. Tracey is very passionate about the rights of people with disability to live an inclusive and valued life in the community. Tracey now joins the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission as the Director in the National Behaviour Support Team.

Panel Discussion and Q&A
The National Disability Insurance Scheme

Short Abstract
The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission is an independent regulatory agency established to improve the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services. The Commission consists of three intersecting functions, (service provider) registration, complaints and incidents, and behaviour support.The new arrangements for behaviour support under the NDIS Commission focus on person-centred interventions to address the underlying causes of behaviours of concern, or challenging behaviours, while safeguarding the dignity and quality of life of people with disability who require specialist behaviour support. These arrangements will more specifically include undertaking a functional behavioural assessment, then developing an NDIS behaviour support plan containing evidence-based, proactive strategies that meet the needs of the participant.This presentation will provide detail regarding the behaviour support function within the commission, outlining the expectations of practitioners and service providers when providing positive behaviour support to NDIS participants. It will also highlight the importance of using the UN convention of the rights of persons with disabilities lens though case studies which highlight principles of positive behaviour support as an evidence based approach to minimise the use of restrictive practices and improve the quality of life of the person.