Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

Barkuma offers Positive Behaviour Support for people aged seven and above who are supported by the NDIS.

Our experienced, registered practitioners support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Psychosocial Disability, and a wide range of other disabilities and are trauma informed.

Barkuma is a registered provider of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS).  Our skilled and qualified team can help you work out what life you want, and plan how to get there.

Positive behaviour support aims to enhance your quality of life by gaining an understanding of you, the people around you, and your environment. It is directed by NDIS Restrictive Practices and Behaviour Support Rules (2018). It aims to protect your rights by reducing and eliminating the use of restrictive practices. The PBS process identifies the function of behaviour, so that the right supports can be put in place so that you can achieve your goals.

What is the Process?

PBS is an evidence-based approach to understanding the causes of behaviour and developing proactive and reactive strategies. In accordance with the legislation, within one month of service, behaviours of concern and restrictive practices are identified, and an interim behaviour support plan is developed. Next, an in-depth functional behaviour assessment is completed through interviews, observations, data collection and analysis. A comprehensive plan containing individualised and targeted strategies is developed within 6 months of service. This plan aims to improve quality of life, skill building and alternatives to behaviours of concern, and reduce the use of restrictive practices. Over the following 12 months, the plan is implemented, reviewed, and updated as required.

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What might service look like?


  • Collaboration with the client and stakeholders (e.g., guardian and implementing providers) to develop person-centered goals aimed at improving quality of life.
  • Services can be delivered across a variety of settings, including home, schools, workplaces, Barkuma offices, or via telehealth.
  • Interviews, observations, questionnaires and data collection are used to inform the functional behaviour assessment and monitor the effectiveness of the PBS plan.
  • Supports around the person are trained in preventative and reactive strategies for behaviours of concern.
  • Individual positive behaviour support therapy sessions may be used to teach new skills to support behaviour change and increase quality of life.




*2021-2022 period


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