Our approach

We recognise that meaningful and lasting changes to Victoria’s mental health system and improvements to mental health outcomes can only happen by listening and respecting the views of Victorian communities.

We want to hear from as many different people as possible and we will provide multiple ways for people to share their experiences and make contributions.

Throughout the life of the Commission, we will gather information from individuals and organisations through:

  • community consultations, including:
    • community forums for the general public, people living with mental illness, their family members and carers and those with an interest in mental health
    • sessions for people living with mental illness, their family members or carers who may prefer to attend a dedicated discussion
    • roundtables on local issues
  • written submissions by email and post
  • submissions through audio recordings, videos
  • contributions through online forums, including discussion groups and social media
  • stakeholder and expert roundtables
  • hearings
  • research
  • site visits
  • data and documentation provided by key agencies (including government and researchers)

The following information provides indicative milestones for the conduct of the Commission. We will continue to post further updates and more information on this website as they arise.

We will keep the community informed about what we will be doing through regular updates on the Commission’s website.

You can register here to receive regular updates and hear about opportunities to contribute to the Commission’s work.

Support

If you or a loved one requires support, the following services can help you:

  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • beyondblue: 1300 224 636


Timeline

  • Timeline item 1

    Community Consultation

    From April to May 2019

    Community consultations including:

      • community forums for the general public, people living with mental illness, their family members and carers and those with an interest in mental health
      • sessions for people living with mental illness, their family members or carers who may prefer to attend a dedicated discussion
      • roundtables on local issues
  • Timeline item 2

    Share your experience and suggestions

    April 2019

    Share your experiences and suggestions (in writing, online, audio and video)

  • Timeline item 3

    Call for submissions to the Commission's terms of reference

    From April 2019

    Call for submissions to the Commission’s terms of reference (in writing, online, audio and video).

  • Timeline item 4

    Online discussion forums

    Mid 2019

    Online discussion forums

  • Timeline item 5

    Surveys

    Mid 2019

  • Timeline item 6

    Hearings

    From July 2019

  • Timeline item 7

    Interim report delivered

    November 2019


  • Timeline item 8

    Discussion papers released

    From early 2020

  • Timeline item 9

    Call for submissions on the Commission’s discussion papers

    From early 2020

  • Timeline item 10

    Targeted roundtables and consultation on key issues

    From early 2020

  • Timeline item 11

    Online discussion forums

    From early 2020

  • Timeline item 12

    Surveys

    From early 2020

  • Timeline item 13

    Hearings

    Early - mid 2020

  • Timeline item 14

    Final report delivered

    October 2020