Department of Health

A new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission for Victoria

The Victorian Government is establishing a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission.

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

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission is an independent statutory authority. It will have substantial powers to obtain and share data, begin inquiries and investigate complaints.

The new Commission will drive cultural change across the system and support people with lived experience to lead and partner in reform. It will also have a key role in leading actions to reduce stigma related to mental health.

The Commission will be established with full powers and responsibilities when the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act commences in 2023. At this time, the current powers of the Mental Health Complaints Commissioner will fold into the new Commission. 

Appointment process for Commissioners

The new Commission will be led by a Chair Commissioner and three Commissioners. The Commissioners will include at least one person with lived experience of mental illness or psychological distress, and one family member, carer or supporter.

An Expression of Interest process opened in July 2022 to appoint Commissioners for the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission. Applications closed in August, and the Commissioners are due to be appointed in early 2023.

Reviewed 19 December 2022

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