Following an open tender process, the Menzies School of Health Research was engaged in May 2012 to develop the Strategy in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and stakeholders across Australia, seeking public input into the development of the Strategy and assisted by the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

Extensive consultation undertaken in the development of the Strategy included community forums and a national workshop. A summary of the community forums and the outcomes of the national workshop can be accessed on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy website at www.indigenoussuicideprevention.org.au/.