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Mental Health

Final report is being prepared

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.

Read the Terms of Reference Media release Media release

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 was seeking further information and feedback from our draft report, released on 31 October 2019.

Submissions were due by 23 January 2020.

Read the draft report

Final report to Government and release

The inquiry final report will be handed to the Australian Government in June 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

Final report to government in June 2020


Who are the Commissioners?

Stephen King
Presiding Commissioner
Julie Abramson
Harvey Whiteford
Associate Commissioner

Who to contact

Tracey Horsfall
Ph: 02 6240 3261


Free call: 1800 020 083

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