Key messages

  • The civil agreement covers cross-border treatment and the transfer and return of compulsory inpatients.
  • There is no current agreement that applies to security or forensic patients.

Mental health arrangements with South Australia (SA) are governed by a civil ministerial agreement.

The agreement sets out the legal framework for the provision of mental health services between the two states.

Civil agreement

The civil agreement covers:

  • people seeking mental health treatment over the Victoria–SA border
  • transfer of compulsory inpatients between Victoria and SA
  • provision of compulsory mental health treatment over the Victoria–SA border for people subject to community orders
  • apprehension and return of compulsory inpatients who are absent without leave in either SA or Victoria.

The agreement does not apply to forensic or security patients.

It refers to the provisions of the repealed Mental Health Act 1986 (Vic). The Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic) deems the civil agreement to be made under the 2014 Act.

The agreement will be revised in future to refer to the Mental Health Act 2014.