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DACSSA is committed to ensuring it delivers high quality advocacy services to all South Australians living with disability, their families and carers. High quality services should be accessible, safe, respectful and well managed.

DACSSA is accredited in accordance with the National Standards for Disability Services (NSDS). DACSSA undertakes regular Quality Assurance Audits to measure the quality of our performance against the NSDS. For more information on the NSDS, please visit our NSDS Standards Summary page.

Upon the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) National Code of Conduct in 2018, DACSSA made a commitment to adhere to this code, also.

We strive to lead with progressive thinking and evidence-based practice to ensure that the rights of people living with disability are upheld. To guide best practice, we look to other legislation and frameworks including:


  • Mental Health Act 2009
  • Equal Opportunities Act SA1984
  • NDIS Act 2013
  • Disability Services Act 1993 (SA)
  • Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (SA)
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1992
  • Administration and Guardianship Act SA 1993
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013
  • Education Act 1997
  • Family and Community Services Act 1972 (SA)
  • Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017(in effect 22/10/2018)
  • Carers Recognition Act 2005 (SA) with the South Australian Carers Charter
  • Children’s Protection Act 1993 (SA)

Theory and Principles

  • Anti-Oppressive Practice Theory
  • Strengths and Empowerment Theory
  • Systems Theory
  • Feminist Theory

Other Frameworks and Policy

  • The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Optional Protocol 2006
  • National Disability Strategy 2010-2020
  • Australian Government, National Framework for Reducing and Eliminating the Use of Restrictive Practices in the Disability Sector (2014)
  • Restrictive Practices Reference Guide for the South Australian Disability Service Sector incorporating the Safeguarding People with Disability Restrictive Practices Policy SA (2017) and The Code of Practice – Reducing and Eliminating the use of Restrictive practices in South Australia
  • Safeguarding People with Disability – Restrictive Practices Policy 2017 (SA)
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme Rules
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme Quality and Safeguarding Framework
  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child 1990
  • Standards in Action, Family and Community Services, Ageing, Disability and Homecare NSW Government June 2012
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