Department of Health

What the Royal Commission said

The Royal Commission recommends that the Victorian Government:

  1. review, reform and implement new models of multidisciplinary care for bed-based services that are delivered in a range of settings, including in a person's home and in fit-for-purpose community and hospital environments.
  2. deliver a broad range of bed-based services, including as a matter of immediate priority:
    a. expanding Hospital in the Home services as an alternative to acute hospital-based treatment, care and support where appropriate;
    b. investing in a wide range of time-limited and flexible residential respite services informed by local priorities, including establishing a peer-led residential respite service at a demonstration site; and
    c. developing new bed-based rehabilitation services (refer to Recommendation 12).
  3. build on the Interim Report's Recommendation 2 about the need for the expansion of acute mental health services and deliver at least 100 additional beds in settings that reflect optimal allocation and distribution across Victoria.
  4. periodically review the allocation of new beds as part of the statewide and regional planning processes recommended by the Royal Commission (refer to Recommendation 47) and audit the outcomes.


Information about this recommendation is being updated.

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The Victorian Government has committed to implementing all recommendations of the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System. Rebuilding Victoria's mental health system is a 10-year reform plan, with implementation being done in a staged and sequential way. The 2021-22 Victorian State Budget invested $3.8 billion in mental health and wellbeing services and responding to the Royal Commission's recommendations.

All work is focused on ensuring Victorians get the mental health treatment, care, and support they deserve.

Reviewed 17 March 2022

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