Key message

  • Mental health arrangements with Queensland are governed by two ministerial agreements, a civil and a forensic agreement. The agreements set out the legal framework for the provision of mental health services between the two states.

Civil agreement 

The civil agreement dated 30 January 2017 covers the: 
  • planned transfer of compulsory inpatients between Victoria and Qld
  • apprehension and return of compulsory inpatients who are absent without leave in either Qld or Victoria.
The civil agreement does not apply to forensic or security patients.

The civil agreement refers to the repealed Mental Health Act 2000 (Qld) but will be updated in future to refer to the Mental Health Act 2016 (Qld). In the meantime, transition provisions in both the Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic) and the Mental Health Act 2016 (Qld) preserve the currency of the agreements.

Memorandum of agreement: Civil crossborder arrangement
Schedule 2: Victoria-Queensland interstate transfer request

Forensic agreement

The forensic agreement dated 27 February 2002 provides for the apprehension and return of forensic, security and certain other patients who are absent without leave in either Queensland or Victoria.

The forensic agreement refers to the repealed Mental Health Act 1986 (Vic) and the Mental Health Act 2000 (Qld) but will be updated in future to refer to the Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic) and the Mental Health Act 2016 (Qld). In the meantime, transition provisions in both the Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic) and the Mental Health Act 2016 (Qld) preserve the currency of the agreements.

Memorandum of agreement: Forensic