This handbook is designed to help clinicians access the information they need to practice in accordance with the , which is the law governing compulsory mental health, assessment and treatment in Victoria.
Guidelines, forms and other resources will be added to this handbook as they become available.
You can access content in this handbook by theme and by using the A-Z list of the elements of the Act.
The information provided in this handbook is intended as a general overview and not as comprehensive as legal advice. Service providers should obtain independent legal advice if they have queries about individual cases or their obligations under the .
Recovery and supported decision making
The Mental Health Act 2014 establishes a decision-making model to enable compulsory patients to participate in decisions about their care.
The Act promotes voluntary treatment in preference to compulsory treatment wherever possible.
The Act establishes a comprehensive suite of safeguards to protect the rights of patients.
Oversight and service improvement
The Act enhances oversight of public mental health services through the Mental Health Complaints Commissioner.
Definitions - Mental Health Act 2014 handbook
Definitions of terms used in the Mental Health Act 2014 handbook.
Reviewed 24 November 2021