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Our legislation

Our work is governed by the Queensland Mental Health Commission Act 2013 (Act) within the portfolio of the Minister for Health.

The Act established the Queensland Mental Health Commission as an independent statutory body on 1 July 2013 to drive ongoing reform towards a more integrated, evidence-based, recovery-oriented mental health and substance misuse system.

The Act also established the independent Queensland Mental Health and Drug Advisory Council to provide advice to the Commission on mental health or substance misuse issues. The Advisory Council may also make recommendations to the Commission in relation to the Commission’s functions.

The Queensland Mental Health Commissioner is appointed as the Chief Executive under the Act to manage the Commission and its functions.

The Act required the Minister for Health to arrange an independent review of the Commission’s performance within three years of the commencement of the Act.  

Read the 2016 review of our performance by the Public Service Commission.

Other legislative obligations

In addition to the functions and obligations outlined in the Queensland Mental Health Commission Act, we must comply with a range of public administration legislation.