The Commonwealth Productivity Commission's recently published Inquiry Report on Mental Health has recommended a series of reforms for Australia's mental health system.

The inquiry, ordered by the Commonwealth Government in 2018, examined the impact of mental health on individuals and the broader Australian economy. The investigation included public hearings and more than a thousand written submissions and comments.

The Commission's final report recommended 22 reforms and around 100 actions across a wide range of mental health services and supports.

The recommendations aim to improve the mental health of Australians of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

An overview and summary of the key recommendations are available on the Productivity Commission's website.

Fact sheets

The Productivity Commission has produced fact sheets to help summarise the main points for different stakeholder groups, including:

This focuses on building a person-centred system with mental health services and supports to suit the needs, preferences, and aspirations of people.

This highlights changes to support new parents and children from early childhood to young adult.

This describes several actions to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make decisions about their social and emotional wellbeing. 

This focuses on recommended action to help health professionals meet the mental health needs of people.

This focuses on changes required to ensure the mental health system provides care to people that is appropriate to their cultural background and the language that they speak.

Fact sheets are also available in other languages.  

Provide feedback 

Organisations and individuals can provide feedback about the inquiry report to the Productivity Commission through a form on its website.

The Commonwealth Government will respond to the inquiry report before the federal budget in May 2021.