Engaging in Positive Behaviour Support Practices

Positive behaviour support (PBS) is progressively being adopted by state and national governments as a preferential model to address behaviours of concern displayed by individuals with diverse needs. This program, comprised of three modules, will provide essential knowledge relating to the tiers of support offered through PBS. The program is best suited to educators, disability support workers and allied health professionals.

Mainstream educators will benefit from the strategies that will be discussed in relation to school-wide support, and will enhance their understanding of support offered in tiers two and three. Overall, the program will equip all participants with essential skills to implement PBS strategies with confidence, and to meet part of the requirements for registration as a Core Behaviour Support Practitioner.

Topics covered

Module One: Introduction to Positive Behaviour Support

  • Key principles associated with positive behaviour support.
  • Embracing the positive elements of human behaviour.
  • Exploring ecological perspectives associated with behaviour.
  • How environmental factors influence behaviour.
  • Society labels of appropriate and inappropriate behaviour.
  • Setting goals as part of the process.
  • Reinforcing positive behaviours.
  • Multi-tiered systems of support.
  • Tier One positive behaviour support strategies.
  • Working as part of a support team.
  • Specific challenging behaviours and the use of support plans.
  • Using a simple functional behaviour assessment in the classroom.

Module Two: Understanding Behavioural Function and the Components of a Functional Behaviour Assessment

  • The purpose of a functional behaviour assessment.
  • Topography of behaviour versus function of behaviour.
  • The commons functions of behaviour.
  • Assessing the environment as part of a functional behaviour assessment.
  • The influence of medical and biological factors on behaviour.
  • Data collection and functional behaviour assessment.
  • Indirect functional behaviour assessment methods.
  • Descriptive functional behaviour assessment methods.
  • Definitions of restrictive practices.

Module Three: Strategies for Designing and Implementing Skill-Based Positive Behaviour Support Plans

  • Evidence-based practice.
  • The interim plan and a positive behaviour support plan.
  • The components of skill-based positive behaviour support plans.
  • Proactive positive behaviour support strategies.
  • Teaching functional replacement behaviours.
  • Reactive positive behaviour support strategies.
  • Safety strategies for high risk behaviours.
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of a positive behaviour support plan.
  • Positive behaviour support and quality of life.
  • Building your scope of competence in FBA and PBS.


Self-paced online learning: 12 hours, plus approximately 10 hours of independent study.


$580 incl GST


This program does not require prior study, but will be best suited to educators, disability support workers, and allied health professionals.


There is no assessment associated with this program.


This program references the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST): 3, 4 and 7.

You will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Faculty of Education, Monash University.

Applying to become a Behaviour Support Practitioner

This course does not provide accreditation as a Behaviour Support Practitioner (BSP).

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) does not recognise any course as providing accreditation as a BSP. Anyone who wants to become a Behaviour Support Practitioner (BSP) needs to lodge an application with the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission. The Commission will then grant the applicant provisional status as a 'core' (or entry level) BSP until a full audit of their skills and experience is conducted. Following the audit, the BSP may be granted 'proficient' or 'specialist' (more advanced) status.

Students who complete this short course can use their Certificate of Completion in their application, as part of their portfolio of skills and training.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have to complete this course?

You have 12 months from the date of your registration to complete this program.

Is there a specific program start date, and are there any live classes?

No, this program is conducted via self-paced online learning on our Learning Management System, so there are no live lectures or scheduled class times - you can register into this program at any stage and complete the course online at times/days that suit you and at your own pace.

Once I have registered, when will I get access to the course?

You will receive access to the Learning Management System on the same or next business day.