The Commission invites interested people and organisations to make a written submission.
If you have something brief to say - you may want to make a comment rather than producing a submission. Comments may be used by the Commission to inform its report.
Make a comment instead
An issues paper was produced to assist participants in preparing a submission to the public inquiry. It outlined a range of issues about which the Commission sought information. Read the issues paper
Opportunity for further comment is now sought on the draft report.
Submissions are due by Thursday 23 January 2020.
Please note: An article published in early January 2020 had some incorrect and misleading statements about the Inquiry draft recommendation on the social and emotional wellbeing of young children. The content of some comments and submissions appears to have relied on the incorrect and misleading statements in that article. A letter of correction has been sent to the party issuing the article:
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How to prepare a submission
Submissions may range from a short letter outlining your views on a particular topic to a much more substantial document covering a range of issues. Where possible, you should provide evidence, such as relevant data and documentation, to support your views.
- Each submission, except for any attachment supplied in confidence, will be published on the Commission's website shortly after receipt, and will remain there indefinitely as a public document.
- The Commission reserves the right to not publish material on its website that is offensive, potentially defamatory, or clearly out of scope for the inquiry or study in question.
- Copyright in submissions sent to the Commission resides with the author(s), not with the Commission.
- Do not send us material for which you are not the copyright owner - such as newspaper articles - you should just reference or link to this material in your submission.
- This is a public review and all submissions should be provided as public documents that can be placed on the Commission's website for others to read and comment on. However, information which is of a confidential nature or which is submitted in confidence can be treated as such by the Commission, provided the cause for such treatment is shown.
- The Commission may also request a non-confidential summary of the confidential material it is given, or the reasons why a summary can not be provided.
- Material supplied in confidence should be clearly marked 'IN CONFIDENCE' and be in a separate attachment to non-confidential material.
- You are encouraged to contact the Commission for further information and advice before submitting such material.
- For privacy reasons, all personal details (e.g. home and email address, signatures, phone, mobile and fax numbers) will be removed from your submission before they are published on the website. Please do not include these details in your submission unless necessary.
- You may wish to remain anonymous or use a pseudonym. Please note that if your anonymity or use of a pseudonym means that we cannot contact you about material that you have included, then we may place less weight on your submission.
- The Commission prefers to receive submissions as a Microsoft Word (.docx) files. PDF files are acceptable if produced from a Word document or similar text based software. You may wish to research the Internet on how to make your documents more accessible or for the more technical, follow advice from Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
- Do not send password protected files.
- Track changes, editing marks, hidden text and internal links should be removed from submissions.
- To minimise linking problems, type the full web addresses (for example, http://www.referred-website.com/folder/file-name.html).
Lodge your submission online below - however submissions can also be posted if necessary.
Lodge a submission online
Lodging your submission by post
- Each postal submission must be accompanied by a submission cover sheet. Read our privacy statement
- Post your submission to:
Mental Health inquiry
GPO Box 1428
Canberra City ACT 2601
If you do not receive notification of receipt of your submission to the Commission, please contact the Administrative Officer.