Hundreds of Victorians have had their say on key elements of the proposed Mental Health and Wellbeing Act.
New system foundations

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System recommended that a new Act replace the current Mental Health Act 2014 by mid-2022.

The new Act will establish the legal framework for the redesigned mental health and wellbeing system.

The Department of Health invited feedback on policy proposals for the new Act during community and sector engagement activities, which started in June. 

More than 280 submissions were received from individuals and organisations via the Engage Victoria website. We also heard from more than 500 people during 28 engagement sessions with mental health stakeholders. 

A new report published today provides an overview of the feedback. The Mental Health and Wellbeing Act: What we heard report is available on the Engage Victoria website.

The report shows people have opposing views on key elements of the proposed Act, particularly about the criteria for compulsory treatment.

In response to the feedback, the Victorian Government will establish an independent review of the compulsory treatment criteria and decision-making provisions.  

The independent review will begin in 2022, when Parliament has passed the new Act. This brings forward the Royal Commission’s suggested timeframe for aligning decision-making laws. 

The terms of reference for the review will be co-designed with consumers, families, carers, supporters, workers in the sector and service providers. 

The 2021-22 Victorian State Budget invested a record $3.8 billion in mental health and wellbeing services and support. This includes funding of $7.7 million to develop the new Act.