In 2014, the National Mental Health Commission and Commissions in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and New Zealand signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
The memorandum sets out the commitment of all parties for a collaborative relationship, which recognises the parties’ complementary roles and mutual interest in improving outcomes for people experiencing mental health problems and problematic substance use, and preventing suicide.
Mental Health Commissioners meet at least annually to consider the progress of mental health reforms and the reform agenda.
In 2017, a renewed Memorandum of Understanding was agreed and expanded to include South Australia and Victoria. Annual communiques reflect progress.
In June 2017 the mental health commissions of Austalia released a Consensus Statement to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Memoranda of understanding
- Memorandum of Understanding: Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Commissions, March 2017
- Memorandum of Understanding: Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Commissions, May 2014
- Mental Health Commissioners and Leaders Communique, May 2020
- Mental Health Commissioner's Communique, April 2018
- Mental Health Commissioner's Communique, March 2017
- Mental Health Commissioner's Communique, March 2016
- Mental Health Commissioner's Communique, February 2015