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Mental Health

Terms of reference received

What is an inquiry?

  • Why the inquiry?
  • Issues paper
  • Draft report
  • Final report

What we’ve been asked to look at

This inquiry will examine the effect of mental health on people’s ability to participate in and prosper in the community and workplace, and the effects it has more generally on our economy and productivity.

It will look at how governments across Australia, employers, professional and community groups in healthcare, education, employment, social services, housing and justice can contribute to improving mental health for people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

The Commission will be consulting widely, including in regional Australia. We are also considering how to most effectively receive input from particular groups such as consumers and carers.

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Issues paper release and initial submissions

The Commission plans to release an issues paper to guide people in preparing a submission. It sets out some of the issues and questions the Commission has identified as relevant at this early stage of the inquiry.

The Commission will advise when this paper will be released.

Initial submissions are due by Friday 5th April 2019.

Draft report release and public hearings

The Commission will seek further information and feedback following the expected release of a draft report at a date yet to be determined.

Final report to Government and release

The final inquiry report is to be handed to the Australian Government by 23 May 2020.

The release of the final report by the Government is the final step in the process.

Under the Productivity Commission Act 1998, the Government is required to table the report in each House of the Parliament within 25 sitting days of receipt.

Initial submissions

due by Friday 5th April 2019

Make a submission

or Make a brief comment anytime

Next milestone

Release of issues paper.


Who are the Commissioners?

Stephen King
Presiding Commissioner
Julie Abramson
Harvey Whiteford
Associate Commissioner

Who to contact

Tracey Horsfall
Ph: 02 6240 3261

Bill Henderson
Ph: 02 6240 3216


Free call: 1800 020 083

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