What the Royal Commission said 

The Royal Commission called on the Victorian Government to expand the range of supports for young carers and children and young people with a family member or parent experiencing mental illness or psychological distress. 

It said the Victorian Government by the end of 2022, should fund a non-government organisation such as the Satellite Foundation to co-design and expand the range of supports across Victoria.

The Royal Commission said by the end of 2022, the Victorian Government should broaden the scope and reach of the Families where a Parent has a Mental Illness program, including by:

  • enabling each Area Mental Health and Wellbeing Service to employ new workers to support young carers in their local environment; and
  • increasing the funding available to young carers to help with practical needs (brokerage).

The Royal Commission also called on the Victorian Government to strengthen identification and referral pathways for young carers through the mental health and education systems.

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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.