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Consultation and Engagement

We work with stakeholders including people with living experience, their families and other support people, government agencies, peak bodies and service providers.

Have your say

Go to our Consultation Hub to find consultations and provide feedback on those that may interest you.

Who we work with

We consult and engage with all of our stakeholders, including:

  • People with living experience of mental health issues, their carers and other support people
  • Commonwealth, state and territory government departments and agencies
  • Peak bodies and industry groups
  • Mental health and suicide prevention professionals
  • Non-government organisations
  • The general public
  • Governments and mental health and suicide prevention organisations in other countries
  • Council of Australian Governments (COAG)

Why our stakeholders are important

We consult and engage with our stakeholders to help us understand the mental health and suicide prevention needs of our community and to inform our advice to improve Australia's mental health and suicide prevention systems.

We know that we don’t have expertise on every subject. Our stakeholders have valuable experience in a diverse range of fields and can offer insights into what works best. They share their expertise to help us deliver high quality advice to government and the public.

Peak bodies, service providers and professionals offer expertise and specialist knowledge to our committees, forums and partnerships.

Most importantly, we seek to engage with people with a living experience of mental health issues, including carers and other support people, in all areas of our work.  We affirm the right of all people to participate in decisions that affect their care and the conditions that enable them to live contributing lives.  Diverse and genuine engagement with people with living experience, their families and other support people adds value to decision-making by providing direct knowledge about the actual needs of the community, which results in better targeted and more responsive services and initiatives. 

How we consult and engage

We encourage input from stakeholders in various ways including:

  • Committees and groups
    We use committees and groups to work on specific topics or issues. We often engage the specialist expertise of our stakeholders to help us achieve our goals.

  • Consultations
    Input into our consultations helps us to better understand the problems we are trying to solve and the needs of the community. Go to our Consultation Hub to find consultations and provide feedback on those that may interest you.

  • Forums
    Our forums, including our Community forums hosted by Commissioners, bring together governments, experts, consumers and other stakeholders. They help us to understand the needs of our stakeholders when we are planning future work.

  • Agreed collaborations
    We work with stakeholders on projects, initiatives and reference groups. These types of collaborations are formal relationships based on agreements and contracts.