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The role of the National Mental Health Commission is to monitor the performance of Australia's mental health system and advise the Government on opportunities for improvement.
The Commission collects information by consulting with consumers, carers, agencies, mental health commissions and advisory bodies from across Australia.
The Commission is located in the Prime Minister's portfolio, partly in recognition of the importance of maintaining independence from the agencies which administer various programs for mental health. It is one of the key components of the Government's $2.2 billion mental health reform package. The Government has provided $32 million over five years for the establishment and operation of the Commission.
One of the Commission's initial priorities will be to deliver the first annual National report card on mental health and suicide prevention. The Commission will also evaluate the progress of the Ten year roadmap for mental health reform which is currently being developed.
The Commission started operation on 1 January 2012.
National Mental Health Commission
PO Box R1463
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: (02) 8229 7550