ESA’s range of policy and procedural documents to support its services can be viewed below.
We welcome your feedback about our policies. If you would like to input to our policies, please email [email protected]
Rights and Responsibilities
Privacy and Confidentiality for Clients Policy This policy sets out Early Start Australia’s (ESA’s) responsibility to ensure that we only collect information about the client (or family) that we need for effective service delivery and our duty of care responsibilities; and to ensure that we hold information securely in line with relevant legislation and standards. It provides guidance about how personal information is collected, used and stored by us.
Eliminating Restrictive Practice Policy
Early Start Australia (ESA) recognises, upholds and promotes the rights of people with disability and their right to personal freedom. ESA is committed to positive behaviour support and to eliminating restrictive practices.
ESA’s Eliminating Restrictive Practices Policy is designed to meet the National Standards for Disability Services, in particular Standard 1: Rights; and to meet the requirements of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Quality and Safeguarding Framework. It complies with state and territory based legislation.
Client Rights and Safeguards Policy
The purpose of this policy is to define Early Start Australia’s (ESA) position to promote, enhance and protect our clients’ human rights; decision making, choice and control; right to informed consent, safety and wellbeing; and citizenship and quality of life.
Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy Early Start Australia (ESA) is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.
This policy outlines actions we require staff to keep children safe; protect their rights; and prevent, identify and report child harm or abuse.
Positive Behaviour Support Policy
Early Start Australia (ESA) recognises, upholds and promotes the rights of people with disability and their right to personal freedom and is committed to positive behaviour support.
Service Agreements Policy
A participant who chooses to engage Early Start Australia (ESA) to provide supports under a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan will be required to enter into a written agreement (a Service Agreement) with us. The policy outlines ESA’s Service Agreement principles and guidelines.
Complaints and Feedback Policy Early Start Australia values complaints and feedback from clients, families, providers and regulators. Complaints are an important source of information and are used to continually improve the quality of services that we provide. The ESA complaints system is designed to ensure all complaints and concerns are treated seriously and that feedback is addressed swiftly and comprehensively. Our system is designed to meet the National Standards for Disability Services, in particular Standard 4: Feedback and Complaints; and the National Disability Insurance Scheme Commission Quality and Safeguarding Framework.
Quality Policy The purpose of this policy is to define how Early Start Australia (ESA) will ensure the quality of its services, safeguard its high standards, improve systems and processes, and create an environment in which excellence in service provision will flourish.
Consumer Engagement Policy Early Start Australia (ESA) supports processes which involve consumers to inform the development and evaluation of services. We believe that consumer participation is built on a framework of informing, listening to, responding to, and involving consumers. This policy outlines our approach, aims and objectives in relation to consumer engagement.
Headquartered in Perth, Early Start Australia currently has clinics in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. Our vision is to be a world class therapy service, delivering evidence-based therapies and support to children, families and the wider community in Australia.