Roadmap for national mental health reform

An outline of the reform directions that governments will take over the period 2012-2022.

Page last updated: 17 April 2014

Page last reviewed: 19 August 2014

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) endorsed the Roadmap for national mental health reform 2012-2022 at its meeting on 7 December 2012.

The roadmap outlines the reform directions governments will take over the 10-year period 2012-2022 and re-commits the Australian Government and states and territories to working together towards real improvements in the lives of people with mental illness, their families, carers and communities.

New governance and accountability arrangements outlined in the roadmap are being established by COAG.

A Working Group on Mental Health Reform co-chaired by the Commonwealth Minister for Mental Health and the Victorian Minister for Mental Health oversees and details work on mental health reform, and ensures that all levels of government are engaged in reform.

The working group is assisted by an expert reference group chaired by the National Mental Health Commission.

The working group has responsibility for four major tasks over 18 months to mid-2014:

  • Improve access to mental health data
  • Develop indicators that track the progress of national reform against the roadmap vision
  • Set targets for as many indicators as possible, where supported by evidence
  • Develop a successor to the Fourth National Mental Health Plan for consideration by COAG.
The working group had its first meeting on 25 February 2013.