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New mental health legislation

The Queensland Parliament passed the Mental Health Act 2016 on 18 February 2016.

Queensland Health has information, guidelines and resources related to the new Mental Health Act.

Our submissions

During the review of the mental health legislation which commenced in 2013, the QMHC participated by making submissions to the Department of Health and Queensland Parliament and holding stakeholder forums throughout Queensland.

Mental Health Act 2016


Mental Health Act 2016

New mental health legislation passed by Parliament in February 2016

QMHC Media Release: New Queensland mental health legislation passes


Media release

New Queensland mental health legislation passes; 19 February 2016

QMHC Mental Health Bill Submission to Parliament


Submission to Parliament

Our submission to Queensland Parliament on the Mental Health legislation

QMHC Media Release: Mental Health Bill improves rights, promises reform


Media release

Mental Health Bill improves rights, promises reform; 29 June 2015

QMHC Mental Health Bill submission 2015


2015 Submission

Our submission on the exposure draft Mental Health Bill 2015

QMHC Mental Health Act Submission 2014


2014 Submission

Our 2014 submission on the Mental Health Act 2000

Consultation key issues

These are the key issues we sought views on for the submission on the 2015 Bill … Read more 

Legislative overview

Queensland laws that impact people living with mental illness or problematic substance use… Read more

2014 Consultation archive

Access the archive of consultation documents related to the review of the Mental Health Act 2000…Read more


Last updated 30 June 2017

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