VMC calls on Victorians to have their say

05 July 2019

Victorians currently have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help shape Victoria’s mental health system for the better, under Victoria’s Royal Commission into mental health.

Announced by Premier Daniel Andrews on 24 October 2018, the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission include:

  • prevention and early intervention for better mental health outcomes
  • improving access and navigation of the mental health system
  • supporting family and carers
  • best practice and person-centred treatment for people at greater risk of experiencing poor mental health
  • how to support people living in Victoria with both mental illness and problematic alcohol and drug use

The Royal Commission seeks to listen to Victorians who experience mental issues, who care for a loved one struggling with mental health, people working in the mental health sector and those who have a general interest in mental illness in our state.

How to have your say and stay informed

Online submissions

Make an online submission by this Friday 5 July 2019.

Instructions on how to make a submission to the Royal Commission are available in 16 languages and Easy English guides.

Members of the public can get assistance to make a submission, or ask questions about the process, by contacting the Commission on 1800 00 11 34 (Monday - Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm).

To speak with someone in a preferred language, the Commission can also be contacted via a free telephone interpreter service on (03) 7005 3010.

Organisational submissions should be approved by the CEO or Chair before lodgement, while individuals who work in the mental health sector can make an independent and confidential submission on request.

Public hearings

Be a witness to the Royal Commission’s public hearings over the course of one month, beginning Tuesday 2 July until 26 July 2019.

While registrations to give evidence at the hearings have closed, attendance at the hearings is open to the public, with limited seating.

10 key themes will be explored at the hearings, including suicide prevention, stigma, accessing and navigating the mental health system and prevention and early intervention.

A dedicated session to explore how the mental health system responds to Victorians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds will take place on 17 – 18 July 2019 at Melbourne Town Hall.

All other sessions mostly take place at the Melbourne Town Hall, with one regional session to be held in Maryborough, and one session for Aboriginal Victorians to be held at the Aboriginal Advance League in Thornbury, Melbourne.

Victorians can also witness the evidence presented at hearings via live-stream on the Royal Commission’s website, which will be broadcast daily from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

The hearings follow more than 60 community consultations completed by the Royal Commission across the state during April and May this year, with further consultation to come.


All contributions will inform the Royal Commission’s reports, including its interim report to be handed down in November this year and final report due October 2020.

The Victorian Government has committed to implementing all recommendations that result from the Royal Commission.

Get more information

For more information and follow the Royal Commission’s progress, register for updates, visit the Royal Commission into Victoria’s mental health website and follow the Royal Commission on Twitter.

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