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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.

Initial submissions were due by 5 April 2019.

Read the issues paper

Draft report release

The Commission will seek further information and feedback following the release of the draft report on 31 October 2019.

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.

Next milestone

Release of draft report.


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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