Submissions and Publications




Supporting Recovery, Strengthening Reform: Mental Health Victoria’s Submission to the Victorian State Budget 2022/23

Mental Health Victoria presents to government a suite of 22 high-impact, scalable, pragmatic, evidence-informed and sector-supported initiatives, where the impact of government investment can be realised, in part or in full, within the 2022/23 budget cycle. MHV’s advice to government is based on widespread and detailed sector consultation, and analysis of emerging data and trends. Read more


Partnering for change: Towards a new community model for mental health — symposium summary

Mental Health Victoria recently hosted a two-day symposium to help the sector through this historic time. 'Partnering for Change' brought together over 200 consumers, carers, families, friends and supporters, service providers, peak and professional bodies and government representatives. Attendees heard from sector leaders and people with lived experience, they shared knowledge and explored what the new community-based model of care could look like in Victoria. Read more


Feedback regarding the Local Mental Health and Wellbeing Services (Local Services)

This letter to Katherine Whetton, Deputy Secretary Mental Health and Wellbeing Division at DoH, contains advice on the essential elements that must be included in the planning and design of the service model for the Local Services. This advice is based on feedback from consultations with MHV’s Lived Experience Advisory Group, member organisations and the Service Reform Advisory Network. Read more


Submission on the Draft National Mental Health Workforce Strategy

MHV broadly supports the Strategy’s overall vision and objectives. However, we have concerns about several gaps in the Strategy. We propose the Taskforce addresses these gaps before the final report is presented to the Australian Government. To achieve the Strategy’s vision for Australia’s mental health workforce, MHV has put forward a number of recommendations. Read more


Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS on the NDIS Workforce Plan

The NDIS psychosocial workforce is distinct. This workforce should be supported to develop the specific capabilities which allow for the delivery of safe and effective services to people with psychosocial disability in the NDIS. This includes an understanding of mental illness and its impacts in the social context. To attract and develop these capabilities, the NDIS Workforce Plan must ensure that the psychosocial workforce, including the essential contribution of people who use their lived experience in this work, is remunerated and supported accordingly. Read more


LGBTIQ+ Mental health and the promise of reform: Webinar outcomes paper

Marina Carman, Director of Rainbow Health Victoria, painted a sobering picture on the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ Victorians. Larissa Taylor of Mental Health Victoria outlined the opportunities presented by the current reform landscape to improve LGBTIQ+ mental health, while acknowledging the need for further work to capitalise on these opportunities to ensure LGBTIQ+ communities don’t get left behind.Finally, Jackson Fairchild from Rainbow Health Victoria spoke with a panel of experts who shared their insights. Four themes were identified as key pillars for a safe and inclusive mental health sector for LGBTIQ+ people. Read more


Response to the Mental Health and Wellbeing Act Update and Engagement Paper

Mental Health Victoria has welcomed many of the Department of Health’s proposals for legislative reform, while recommending a range of changes and further improvements. We recognise that, while legislation alone will not achieve changes in practices, a new Act is necessary to provide the foundation for a mental health and wellbeing system grounded in respect for human rights and dignity. Read more


Submission to SkillsIQ, who have been tasked with undertaking a review of three Certificate qualifications that are relevant to disability and aged care support

The need for a robust and skilled disability workforce is only increasing with time. The Certificate III Individual Support and Certificate IV Disability must draw from existing work, including in recovery-oriented, trauma-informed and self-determined practice, to ensure this workforce has adequate entry-level skills to better meet the needs of people with psychosocial and dual disabilities. Read more


Preparing for reform: Co-production, culture change and leadership — Symposium summary

This summary features the key messages emerging from our 'Preparing for Reform' Symposium on 29 June 2021. It highlights commentary from the Symposium’s speakers and panellists as they reflected on the foundations for reform and change. Read more


Submission to the Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in Healthcare on the National Safety and Quality Mental Health Standards for Community Managed Organisations

At this critical time for mental health reform, MHV urges the ACSQHC to seize the opportunity to develop safety and quality standards that unify all organisations and workforces delivering mental healthcare and support in the community. The standards should be based in recovery-oriented principles, improve mental health and wellbeing and uphold the rights of the people around which the mental health system is being reformed. Read more


Royal Commission Final Report Summary

Our Summary supports the ongoing conversation around building a shared vision of what the reformed system will look like, and provides an honest account of the sector’s hopes and concerns. It identifies key opportunities and challenges, highlights responses from key bodies across the sector, and looks to immediate next steps. Read more


Royal Commission Timeline

A timeline of the reform implementation process drawn from the Royal Commission Final Report, Volume 5, Transforming the system — innovation and implementation. Read more


2021–22 Victorian State Budget Summary

Our Summary captures all the key measures from this budget's bumper mental health investment. This was the first investment in a 10-year blueprint to implement all the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. Read more


2021–22 Federal Budget Summary

Our summary of all the key mental health measures from the Federal Budget. Mental Health Victoria CEO Angus Clelland described the Budget as the “start of a long-overdue generational shift in mental health and suicide prevention investment”. Read more


National Disability Employment Strategy – Mental Health Victoria’s response to the consultation paper

The Strategy presents a considerable opportunity for people with psychosocial disability to better access the social, financial, and overall quality of life outcomes that gainful employment offers. Addressing the particular needs of people with psychosocial disability is critical because, despite having some of the lowest rates of employment when compared with other disability types, we know that when provided with the right supports people with psychosocial disability have very good employment prospects. Read more


Putting It All Together Symposium Summary

This summary features the key messages emerging across both days of our March 2021 Symposium. It highlights commentary from the Symposium’s esteemed speakers and panellists as they reflected on the key developments in mental health and suicide prevention reform. Read more


Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS in relation to independent assessments

MHV supports assessment processes that provide a clear and uncomplicated pathway to services and respect the needs and goals of participants and their supporters. The independent assessment model proposed by the NDIS will have serious negative implications for people with serious mental illness and an urgent review is needed. Read more


Response to the 10-Year Social and Affordable Housing Strategy

Housing, mental health and homelessness are intrinsically linked. That's why Mental Health Victoria has recommended the 10-Year Social and Affordable Housing Strategy be developed with a specific priority on mental health and wellbeing. Read more


Submission on proposed duty of candour laws

Duty of candour laws have the potential to do much to help people recover following traumatic experiences of care, and rebuild trust between consumers, carers and service providers. However, application of proposed laws requires careful consideration to ensure they can operate as intended in mental health settings. Read more


Response to the House Select Committee on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

The recommendations from various state and national mental health reports and strategies will be critical in building a national mental health system that can respond to situations of both individual and communal crisis. Mental Health Victoria has urged the Australian Government to finalise a single, long-term, whole-of-government implementation and budgetary plan for national mental health reform in 2021 that combines these recommendations. Read more


Response to the Aged Care Royal Commission’s final report

Mental Health Victoria was pleased to see the Final Report of the Aged Care Royal Commission includes dozens of recommendations relating to mental health and wellbeing. After such a comprehensive inquiry and such confronting findings around the care and treatment of older Australians, urgent investment and implementation is now required to not only save lives, but to improve the quality of life, wellbeing and dignity, of all older people. Read more


Submission to the NDIS on access and eligibility

We support the introduction of policies that promote a clear and uncomplicated pathway to the NDIS and its supports at no cost to participants. We have recommended some measures to improve the safety and effectiveness of these policies for people with psychosocial disability. Read more


Feedback on the Victorian Government's LGBTIQ+ Strategy Directions Paper

The Directions Paper’s vision aligns with aspects of MHV’s submission, and we welcome the Victorian Government’s commitment to improving the lives of LGBTIQ+ peopleWhile we support aspects of the Directions Paper, we are concerned about some missed opportunities regarding mental health. Read more


2021 Federal Budget Submission

As the Final Report of the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Mental Health has shown, investing in mental health is a cost-effective way of supporting the Australian economy. Now more than ever, the nation needs better investment in mental health to assist the recovery of our wellbeing and economy. Read more


Feedback on the draft of the National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

MHV commends the authors of the Strategy for presenting a well-timed, holistic and integrated vision to drive changes to improve Australian children’s wellbeing. While the Strategy provides a solid starting point to progress its vision, we recommend that more detailed planning and co-designed coordinated action be undertaken. Read more


Productivity Commission Inquiry Report on Mental Health: Mental Health Victoria and the Victorian Healthcare Association’s joint survey response

The Productivity Commission report presents a singularly comprehensive and holistic vision of reform which is vital to turning the fragmented, broken mental health system which we currently have into a cohesive, unified system that can provide for the mental health needs of all Australians. Read more


From Vision to Reality: A guide for the successful implementation of recommendations from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s mental health system

This guide outlines how implementation of the recommendations could be managed by the Victorian Government to ensure that reforms are implemented as intended. Read more



Submission for Victoria's State Disability Plan 2021–2024


Summary of Productivity Commission's final report for the Inquiry into Mental Health


Summary of National Suicide Prevention Adviser's Interim Advice


Response to the final submission of the Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety


Submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability issues paper on the experience of First Nations people with disability


Submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability issues paper on employment


Submission to the National Disability Insurance Scheme on support coordination


Submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability issues paper on restrictive practices


Submission to the Victorian LGBTIQ Strategy


Submission to the Jobs-Ready Graduates Package exposure draft legislation


Adult Mental Health Centres - Mental Health Victoria’s responses to the Australian Government Department of Health’s online survey questions 


Monitoring the Family Violence Reforms - Mental Health Victoria's submission to the Family Violence Implementation Monitor 


Inquiry into the Victorian Government’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Witness Statement of Angus Clelland — Mental Health Victoria CEO


Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System Hearing, Witness Statement of Angus Clelland — Mental Health Victoria CEO


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Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of older Victorians: A submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System and the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

Older people are important, contributing members of the Victorian community who have the same rights and needs for programs and services across the continuum of mental health promotion, illness prevention, treatment, recovery support, and suicide prevention as other age groups. At present, they are missing out in many of these areas. This report outlines five key areas for the reform of mental health care for older people:

  • Increasing focus on mentally healthy ageing and mental ill-health prevention 
  • Increasing the availability and accessibility of services for older Victorians
  • Improving the quality and range of supports and services available
  • Strengthening the older persons mental health workforce and increasing funding
  • Preventing suicide, particularly among older men and women over 80 years.

The full report is available here


Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme - NDIS workforce


Mental Health Pandemic Response Plan - Mental Health Victoria’s Key Priority Areas 


Submission on the Victorian Disability Worker Registration Scheme: Proposed registration standards and regulations for Victoria's disability workforce - Mental Health Victoria


Joint Submission to the Productivity Commission Draft Report into Mental Health — Mental Health Victoria & the Victorian Healthcare Association




Submission to the Review of the NDIS Act and the new NDIS Participant Service Guarantee


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Mental Health and Justice: Submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System — MHV & Mental Health Legal Centre Inc.


Letter to the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into Mental Health with additional information and submissions


Initial Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the role of improving mental health to support economic participation and enhancing productivity and economic growth 


Focusing on prevention: A joint submission to the Productivity Commission inqury into mental health — VicHealth, Prevention United & others


Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of People with a Disability


Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS: Inquiry into General Issues around Implementation 


 Hansard of Joint Standing Committee NDIS Psychosocial Disability Roundtable


Terms of Reference for the Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health 




Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs, Accessibility and Quality of Mental Health Services in Rural and Remote Australia


Studio 20180614 083605Saving Lives. Saving Money: The case for better investment in Victorian mental health

The Saving Lives. Saving Money report maps out the economic case for investing in Victoria's mental health, backed by data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and independent investment analysis. It brings together not only mental health service providers, but police, unions, and clinicians who all agree that, without proper funding, Victoria will see increased demand and pressure on ambulance call-outs, police and criminal justice, emergency departments and public hospitals, and crisis services. The document is available here


2018 recovery oriented resources NDIS reportFinal Report into the Project: Recovery-Oriented Practice Resources for Providing NDIS Psychosocial Supports

The report details the results of the 2018 MHV NDIS Engagement Project which explored:

  • How workers can continue to be recovery-oriented when delivering NDIS supports to participants with psychosocial disability
  • Innovative ways to deliver professional development to a time-poor, mobile workforce providing NDIS supports.

In partnership with 10 mental health organisations, peak bodies and other stakeholders, the project worked with managers, support coordinators, support workers, consumers, and carers to determine what recovery-oriented practice looks like in the new context. The project also showcased an exciting new learning model of training delivery, which makes professional development more accessible and engaging for NDIS provider workforces.

The report is available here.  


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Mental Health Victoria and SalvoConnect engaged the University of Sydney to produce a Victorian focussed policy research paper on the mental health landscape post NDIS transition. The report covers the gaps for those both eligible and ineligle for the NDIS, people who are eligible but don't apply and the gaps in the systems interfaces.The document is available here


Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS - market readiness