National mental health report 2013

1.4 Reporting on mental health services in Australia

Page last updated: 2013

Few national policy areas in Australia are subject to an equivalent level of reporting and accountability as required under the National Mental Health Strategy. The National Mental Health Report is complemented by four other major reports on mental health services and mental health reform, described below:

  • Mental Health Services in Australia is published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and presents detailed information on the activity and resourcing of mental health services, primarily drawing on the National Minimum Data Sets for Mental Health.23
  • Annual Progress Reports on the COAG National Action Plan on Mental Health are prepared under the auspices of the Australian Health Ministers Standing Council on Health (SCoH) and focus on the agreed actions and indicators in the COAG National Action Plan. The final report on the National Action Plan is due for release in 2013.24‑27
  • The mental health chapter of the Report on Government Services (RoGS) is published by the Productivity Commission on behalf of the COAG Steering Committee on Government Service Provision.28 It provides summary information on resourcing and delivery of mental health services, drawing on data presented in Mental Health Services in Australia and the National Mental Health Report, and data provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
  • The annual National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention is prepared by the National Mental Health Commission.29 This new report aims to give a whole‑of‑government view of mental health reform in Australia, giving greater transparency to the performance of the systems that support people with a lived experience of mental health issues, their families, carers and other support people. The Commission released its first Report Card in November 2012.
All of these publications are published annually or biennially, and, with the exception of the COAG National Action Plan on Mental Health Annual Progress Reports, all are expected to continue into the foreseeable future.

Most recently, an additional report on mental health reform has been endorsed by COAG as a component of its Roadmap for National Mental Health Reform 2012‑2022. The National Mental Health Commission will prepare three yearly reports to COAG to document progress towards achieving the Roadmap vision, with monitoring of progress focused on long term change at the national level, reflecting the ten year span of the Roadmap.