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What is Mental Health Reform Victoria?

Mental Health Reform Victoria - or MHRV - is a government office. We lead the implementation of recommendations from the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System (the Royal Commission).

In its interim report, the Royal Commission recommended the Victorian Government establish a new administrative office in relation to the Department of Health and Human Services under the Public Administration Act 2004 (Vic). We are this new office and our main role is to implement the recommendations.

What does MHRV do

Our role is to implement the Royal Commission's recommendations as set out in the interim report. We will operate for two years to:

  • implement 7 of the 9 recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System in its interim report
  • develop and publicly commit to a program of work and report annually through the Victorian Parliament on its progress against outcome measures and targets
  • employ and commission people with specialist skills and diverse expertise, including people with lived experience
  • work closely with the Royal Commission to ensure implementation of the Commission's recommendations stays true to the original vision and intent. 

You can read more about the recommendations in the Our work section of this website.

How will Victorians know if MHRV is doing its job?

We report to the Victorian Parliament each year on progress against outcome measures and targets.

How long will we operate for?

In its interim report, the Royal Commission recommended we operate for two years to implement their recommendations. The two years will conclude in February 2022.

Are we a government agency?

Yes. We are an administrative office established under the Public Administration Act 2004 (Vic).

We are located within the Department of Health and Human Services. As an administrative office, our Chief Executive Officer reports directly to the Minister for Mental Health.

Are we part of the Royal Commission?

No, we are an administrative office which reports to government.

The Royal Commission is established through the Letters Patent and Terms of Reference, set by the Victorian Government.

The full Terms of Reference can be read on the Royal Commission's website.

Who do we employ?

The Royal Commission recommended we hire people with specific areas of expertise including:

  • people with lived experience in senior positions in specific work programs, and as co-producers of new services and improvements
  • people with knowledge of mental health services and experience to put in place change in mental health
  • people with direct experience of working within Victorian mental health services and on-the-ground experience in leading change and improvement initiatives within mental health services
  • experts in evaluation, including evidence review and data analysis and linkage skills
  • experts in design and innovation skills, including problem definition and solving
  • experts in building and sustaining collaborative teams and relationships with diverse partners and stakeholders.

When will the Royal Commission's reports be handed down?

The Royal Commission was asked to deliver an interim report by 30 November 2019, which it did, and hand down a final report by 31 October 2020. The Victorian Government recently extended the Royal Commission's final reporting date to 5 February 2021. The interim report can be read on the Royal Commission's website.