What the Royal Commission said
The Royal Commission recommends that the Victorian Government:
- establish an independent statutory authority, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, to:
- hold government to account for the performance and quality and safety of the mental health and wellbeing system;
- support people living with mental illness or psychological distress, families, carers and supporters to lead and partner in the improvement of the system;
- monitor the Victorian Government's progress in implementing the Royal Commission's recommendations; and
- address stigma related to mental health.
- ensure the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission:
- is led by a Chair Commissioner and who is supported by a small group of Commissioners, all of whom are appointed by the Governor-in-Council; and
- includes at least one Commissioner with lived experience of mental illness or psychological distress and one Commissioner with lived experience as a family member or carer.
- enable the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission to:
- obtain data and information about mental health and wellbeing service delivery, system performance and outcomes, and other relevant information, from all government agencies;
- work with and share data and information with the Department of Health and other relevant entities (for example, the Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing and Safer Care Victoria);
- initiate its own inquiries into matters that support its objectives;
- handle and investigate complaints about mental health and wellbeing service delivery;
- make recommendations to the Premier, any minister and the heads of public service bodies; and
- publish reports on the performance and quality and safety of the mental health and wellbeing system.
What are the opportunities?
There is an opportunity to start to carefully plan and establish the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission so it delivers on the intent of the Royal Commission, and is implemented in a way that integrates with existing agencies.
What are we doing?
We are working to establish the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission by the end of 2022.
The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission will be a statutory authority, which means it needs to be set up in law. We are working to replace the current Mental Health Act 2014 with a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act (new Act), by no later than mid-2022. This new Act will include a section that will set up the new Commission.
Read more about the new Act.
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.