Supported Decision Making

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Current Projects

Working with Older People Experiencing Abuse

ADACAS is working as part of the Older Person’s Advocacy Network (OPAN) to research how supported decision making and individual advocacy can be used together to support people at risk of or experiencing elder abuse. This project also involves developing training material around this issue for advocacy organizations around Australia so we can all come together to stop elder abuse.

Joint Project between ADACAS and Advocacy for Inclusion

ADACAS has partnered up with Advocacy for Inclusion (AFI) in a joint project to raise awareness about supported decision making at an individual and systemic level.

Decision Support Pilot 

The Department of Social Services has funded ADACAS to support people to access the NDIS and to exercise choice and control in the way they use their plans. In particular we are supporting people who may have limited or no support network to help them with NDIS processes. 

Respect Know Act

Our Respect, Know, Act (RKA) project will increase support in decision making for people who need to access the ACT’s mainstream health services. This may include people with intellectual impairment, dementia, acquired brain injury or those experiencing mental ill health. Individuals, carers, health professionals and health services have been working together with ADACAS to identify barriers to access, and use Supported Decision Making (SDM) as a tool to enable equitable access.



Past SDM Project Work


  • Spectrums of Support (Please see below for downloadable attachment)
  • Self Determination and Cultural Change: A Report on Supported Decision Making and People Experiencing Psychosocial and Intellectual Disability (Please see below for downloadable attachment)
  • Supported Decision Making, Psychosocial Disability and the NDIS (Please see below for downloadable attachment)
  • Support-my-decisions (Please see below for website link)
  • Link and Learn Project (2015-2017) (Evaluation of this project available below)


Supported Decision Making is for people who may need support to make decisions. They may need support because their decision making capacity is impaired due to age, disability, acquired brain injury or mental illness.

Supported decision making is also for people sharing their lives with a person who has impaired decision making. It offers a way to give support that enables the person with impaired capacity to live the life they would choose for themselves, regardless of their disability.

Supported decision making happens when one person gives another person as much support as they need to be involved in the decisions that are important to them. With support some people can be fully engaged in all parts of a decision. People with more significant support needs, or making very complex decisions, might be supported to express their will and preference. Whoever the person and whatever their decision, supported decision making recognises that, with support, all people can be engaged in the decisions that are important to them.


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Adacas provides help and support to people with disabilities, the elderly and their carers.

Advocacy is about helping a person to be heard in the decisions that affect their life. Advocacy aims to increase a person’s control over goods, services and quality of life

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