What the Royal Commission said 

The Royal Commission recommended the Victorian Government: 

  • promote, protect and ensure the right of people living with mental illness or psychological distress to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of mental health and wellbeing without discrimination 
  • provide in the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act an opt-out model of access to non-legal advocacy services for consumers who are subject to or at risk of compulsory treatment 
  • increase access to legal representation for consumers who appear before the Mental Health Tribunal, particularly when consecutive compulsory treatment orders in the community are being sought 
  • align mental health laws over time with other decision-making laws with a view to promoting supported decision-making principles and practices. 

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.