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Advisory Council role

Speaking up for better outcomes

The independent Queensland Mental Health and Drug Advisory Council acts as a champion for people living with mental health issues, problems related to alcohol and other drug use, or impacted by suicide.

The Council was established by the Queensland Mental Commission Act 2013. The Council’s functions are to:

  • provide advice to the Commission on mental health or substance misuse issues either on its own initiative or at the Commission’s request
  • make recommendations to the Commission regarding the Commission’s functions.

Reflecting a diverse Queensland

Council members come from a wide range of backgrounds, reflecting the diversity of the Queensland community.

The Council brings together knowledge, skills and experience of mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues including:

  • people with lived experience
  • families, carers and support persons
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders
  • people living in rural and remote areas of Queensland
  • culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • service providers and academia.


Members of the Advisory Council are appointed for up to three years, to ensure both continuity and renewal of the Council. Read about Advisory Council Members, including current and former members.

Terms of Reference

The Queensland Mental Health Commission Act 2013 sets out the Council’s functions, membership, conduct of business and relationship with the Commission.

Read the Advisory Council’s Terms of Reference.

Meetings and communiques

A communique of key issues is published after each Council meeting.

Read Council meeting communiques.

Contact the Council

The Council can be contacted by writing or emailing the Council Secretariat at:

Council Secretariat
Queensland Mental Health Commission
PO Box 13027, George Street