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:
- A responsive and integrated system with community at its heart
- A system attuned to promoting inclusion and addressing inequities
- Re-established public confidence through prioritisation and collaboration
- 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.
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 email@example.com.
Watch the Royal Commission final report summary video.
A new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act for Victoria
The Department of Health ran public engagement to help with the drafting of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Bill from June to August 2021. The department will work with consumers, families, carers, supporters, workers and providers to develop guidelines, regulations and processes to support the new Act once it has been passed by parliament.
Further information on the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act can be found on A new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act for Victoria.
Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services
The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System recommended up to 60 new Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services be established across Victoria by the end of 2026.
This new network of local services will help people access mental health and wellbeing supports earlier, in their community and close to their families, carers and supporters.
The Department of Health would like to work with the community and organisations to design the best experience possible for future service users when accessing these services.
Individuals and organisations can provide feedback on the new service stream through the Engage Victoria website from 31 August until 20 September 2021.