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National Disaster Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework 2021

Roles and Responsibilities

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements noted:

  • There is clearly an opportunity to refresh and strengthen national disaster arrangements…
    Despite the goodwill of all parties, there is variability in the level of collaboration and coordination in the delivery of recovery programs and services across jurisdictions.15

Strengthening cooperation on mental health and wellbeing disaster responses between all levels of governments, recovery partners, and communities is a key goal of the Framework. The Framework works to achieve this by clearly outlining roles and responsibilities to increase shared understanding and suggests opportunities for coordination.

The underlying approach is to distinguish between what all Australians can expect, whilst maximising the scope for regional and local customisation (the ‘how’).

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Commission acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands throughout Australia.
We pay our respects to their clans, and to the elders, past present and emerging, and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community.


The Commission is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. The Commission welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Lived Experience

We acknowledge the individual and collective contributions of those with a lived and living experience of mental ill-health and suicide, and those who love, have loved and care for them. Each person’s journey is unique and a valued contribution to Australia’s commitment to mental health suicide prevention systems reform.