What the Royal Commission said

The Royal Commission recommended the Victorian Government develop key roles across the mental health and wellbeing system for people with lived experience as family members and carers.

This includes allowing the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission to:

  • elevate the leadership and promote the valued role of family members and carers of people living with mental illness or psychological distress throughout the mental health and wellbeing system; and
  • develop and support the leadership and governance capabilities of families and carers of people living with mental illness or psychological distress through learning and development opportunities.

The Royal Commission also called on the Victorian Government to ensure that:

  • in commissioning mental health and wellbeing services, expectations are set for working with families, carers and supporters;
  • families, carers and supporters are included in a range of therapeutic interventions in each Area Mental Health and Wellbeing Service; and
  • working with families, carers and supporters is part of system-wide workforce training.

The Royal Commission also recommended the Victorian Government develop standards for services and practitioners to guide the sharing of appropriate information with families, carers and supporters.

Update

Implementation of this recommendation is not scheduled to commence this year.

This page will be updated when information is available.

The Victorian Government has committed to implementing all recommendations of the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System. Rebuilding Victoria's mental health system is a 10-year reform plan, with implementation being done in a staged and sequential way.

The 2021-22 Victorian State Budget invested $3.8 billion in mental health and wellbeing services and responding to the Royal Commission's recommendations.

All work is focused on ensuring Victorians get the mental health treatment, care, and support they deserve.