Victorian mental health royal commission

Victorian mental health royal commission

The Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System will provide a much-needed examination to identify the system-wide issues in regional and metropolitan Victoria.

The aim of the commission is to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and promote more inclusive communities throughout Victoria by solving the systemic issues.

  • Commissioners: Penny Armytage (chair), Dr Alex Cockram, Professor Allan Fels AO and Professor Bernadette McSherry.
  • Expert advisory committee: Professor Patrick McGorry AO (chair), Professor James Ogloff AM, Ms Anne Doherty, Dr Gerry Naughtin, Ms Erandathie Jayakody, Mr Julian Gardner AM, Ms Honor Eastly and Mr Jim Williamson.



  • 24 October 2018: Andrews Government announces it will hold a Royal Commission into mental health if re-elected.
  • 24 November 2018: Andrews Government re-elected
  • November-December 2018: Andrews Government begins consulting with key stakeholders on the terms of reference
  • 21 December 2018: Victorians invited to submit their feedback on what topics should be covered by the royal commission
  • January 2019: ANMF attends one of 23 government stakeholder consultations to provide feedback on draft royal commission terms of reference
  • 24 February 2019: Terms of reference released and announcement of the commission's panel and expert advisory committee.
  • 26 March 2019: Royal commission officially begins
  • 5 April-22 May 2019: Community consultations are held throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria
  • 17 April 2019: Online portal opens for public submissions
  • 2 July 2019: Public hearings start with evidence heard from witnesses with lived experience of mental health
  • 5 July 2019: Deadline for submissions to the commission
  • August-September 2019: Targeted engagement/round tables
  • 30 November 2019: Interim report released
  • October 2020: Final report due 

Commission updates

Submissions and reports


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