Submissions are now open

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System is now accepting submissions.

Whether you are living with mental illness, caring for a loved one, working in the sector or just have a general interest in mental health – the Commission wants to hear your views and ideas for change. The questions all relate to our Terms of Reference.

It's easy to contribute. You are welcome to make multiple submissions.

All submissions will inform the Commission's reports.

To help you prepare, you can see a summary of questions we ask as part of the submission process below.

Submissions are open until 5 July 2019.

  • Provide a formal submission by uploading or sending a written, audio or video submission (including attachments). You can choose to respond to some or all of the questions.
  • Share brief comments in response to six key questions relating to the Commission's terms of reference - note you cannot include any attachments. You can choose to respond to some or all of the questions.


Which submission format should I use?

You are welcome to make multiple submissions to the Commission - in either or both submission formats.

If you wish to upload any file or document, including a written document, audio or video file or supporting document, you need to make a formal submission.

If you do not wish to upload any files, providing brief comments may be an easier way to share a short idea or statement about how to improve Victoria's mental health system.


When will submissions close?

Formal submissions and Brief comments will be accepted until 5 July 2019.


How do I make a formal submission?

The preferred method of making a formal submission is using the online form.

You can also send a formal submission to the Commission by post:

Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System
PO Box 12079
A'Beckett Street
VICTORIA 8006

Please download and include a completed Formal Submission Cover Sheet with any submission sent by post.

If you would like to contribute and require assistance to do so, please contact the Commission on 1800 00 11 34.


Further assistance to make a submission

If you would like to contribute and require assistance to do so, please contact the Commission on 1800 00 11 34 or email contact@rcvmhs.vic.gov.au.

The Commission can also be contacted via a phone interpreter service on 03 7005 3010

Submissions made in languages other than English will be translated where possible.


If you or a loved one requires immediate support

The Royal Commission is not able to provide crisis response or replace mental health services. If you require urgent mental health support, Victoria has mental health services in most large public hospitals, located across the state.

If you are not in immediate danger but you need help, call Nurse-On-Call on 1300 60 60 24.

The following services can also help you:

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

For situations that are harmful or life-threatening contact emergency services immediately - triple zero (000).