The final report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System was tabled in a special sitting of the Victorian Parliament on 2 March 2021.

The landmark final report outlines changes to create a future mental health and wellbeing system that provides holistic treatment, care and support for all Victorians.

You can read the full report on the Royal Commission’s website.

The final report

The Royal Commission’s final report includes 65 recommendations in addition to the nine interim report recommendations.

The recommendations set out a 10-year vision for a future mental health system where people can access treatment close to their homes and in their communities.

The Victorian Government has committed to implementing all recommendations.

Importantly, people with lived experience of mental illness or psychological distress will be central to the design and delivery of the new mental health and wellbeing system.

Recommendations are grouped around four key features of the future mental health and wellbeing system:

  1. A responsive and integrated system with community at its heart
  2. A system attuned to promoting inclusion and addressing inequities
  3. Re-established public confidence through prioritisation and collaboration
  4. Contemporary and adaptable services.  

The interim report

The Royal Commission published an interim report in November 2019. It recommended priority work to address urgent needs and lay the foundations for the future. 

The Victorian Government established Mental Health Reform Victoria to deliver the interim recommendations.   

Mental Health Reform Victoria projects include new mental health beds, strengthening the mental health workforce and expanding existing services to make them available to more Victorians.

You can read more about the progress of the interim recommendations on the Mental Health Reform Victoria website.

Next steps

The Royal Commission has outlined immediate priorities and a series of key dates for delivery of the recommendations.

A number of the recommendations seek to reform the foundations of the mental health system, and focus on new governance and accountability structures, the leadership of people with lived experience, and a supported workforce. Others focus on ensuring ongoing excellence in the system, including investment in research, digital technologies and innovation. 

Collectively, implementation of the reforms will create a responsive and integrated system that is contemporary and adaptable. In the future, Victorians will be able to access compassionate services that meet their preferences, strengths and needs.

2021-22 State Budget mental health highlights

The 2021-22 Victorian State Budget responds to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. 

The Victorian Government has announced a record $3.8 billion investment in mental health and wellbeing. Find out more on 2021-22 Victorian State Budget Mental Health highlights page.

Engagement with Government on the implementation of recommendations

The Victorian Government is committed to engagement with the community and key stakeholders on the significant reform journey ahead.

This includes people with lived experience of mental illness or psychological distress, and their families, carers and supporters.

For more information about opportunities to contribute to our reform work please contact mentalhealth@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

Watch the Royal Commission final report summary video

A new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act for Victoria

The Department of Health will consult with stakeholders on the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act from 15 June to 1 August 2021.

Further information on the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act can be found on A new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act for Victoria.

The Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System – your questions answered

  • Why did the Government call a Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System?
    The Royal Commission was established in February 2019 after the Victorian Government recognised the system was failing to support people living with mental illness or psychological distress, families, carers and supporters, as well as those working in the system.
  • When will Victorians start to see a difference?

    Changes to improve Victoria’s mental health system are already underway. The Royal Commission’s Interim Report, released in November 2019, provided the first steps to reforming the mental health system.

    The 2020-21 Budget provided $868.8 million in mental health funding, of which over $578 million is for the implementation of Royal Commission recommendations.

    Progress includes delivery of new mental health beds, strengthening the mental health workforce and expanding existing services to make them available to more Victorians.

  • How will the Victorian Government be held accountable to implement all the recommendations?

    The Royal Commission’s Final Report recommended a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission be established to oversee the implementation of the reforms.

    The Commission will hold government to account for the performance, quality and safety of the mental health and wellbeing system.