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Accountability and Reporting

As an Australian Government agency, our decisions must be transparent, our policies credible and our practices fair and ethical. We are committed to achieving well-coordinated, efficient and accountable administration. We comply with legislative and mandatory government reporting obligations, including those set out below.

2023 APS Employee Census

The APS Employee Census is an annual survey that provides insights into employees’ views about the APS, their agency and their workplace. It helps agencies to identify and target strategies to build and enhance capability in the workplace.

The 2023 APS Employee Census results for the National Mental Health Commission are available below.

In April 2023, the Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon. Mark Butler MP, initiated an independent investigation into the Commission in response to allegations made public through the media. The allegations were of a serious and significant nature and canvassed a broad range of organisational and staff wellbeing matters. In summary, the reports confirmed that all staff have been dedicated to the Commission’s work and mission, but the Commission had a poor workplace culture and had outgrown its existing systems, practices, and capabilities. The Commission’s 2023 APS Census results align with these conclusions. The Commission has begun working with the Department of Health and Aged Care to address these findings and to continue to support staff wellbeing.

Senate Order 192 on Agency Contracts (Murray Motion)

Pursuant to the Senate Order for Departmental and Agency Contracts (as amended December 2003), the contracts entered into by the National Mental Health Commission which provide for a consideration to the value of $100 000 or more are set out below.


  • Murray Motion 2022-23 | PDF 177KB
  • Murray Motion 2022 | PDF 179KB
  • Murray Motion 2021-22 | PDF 127KB
  • Murray Motion 2021 | PDF 107KB
  • Murray Motion 2020-21 | PDF 108KB
  • Murray Motion 2020 | PDF 473KB
  • Murray Motion 2019-20 | PDF 82KB
  • Murray Motion 2019 | PDF 120KB
  • Murray Motion 2018-19 | PDF 121KB
  • Murray Motion 2018 | PDF 79KB
  • Murray Motion 2017-18 | PDF 79KB


Details of our procurement contracts are available from the AusTender website.

Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines reporting

In line with the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines, our grants are reported on GrantConnect, the Australian Government's grants information system.

Senate Order 16 (Minchin Motion) agency grants reporting requirements

In accordance with Minchin Motion (Senate Order 16), agencies are required to table in the Senate a list of all grants approved by the Minister no later than seven days before the commencement of budget estimates, supplementary budget estimates and additional estimates hearings. Since 2022, the Commission's Minchin Motion grants listings have been published on the Department of Health and Aged Care website

  • Minchin Motion - 29 September 2020 to 1 March 2021 |  PDF 493KB
  • Minchin Motion - 1 October 2019 to 10 February 2020 |  PDF 92KB
  • Minchin Motion - 15 March to 30 September 2019 |  PDF 110KB
  • Minchin Motion -  29 January 2019 to 14 March 2019 |  PDF 90KB
  • Minchin Motion - 2 October 2018 to 28 January 2019 |  PDF 96KB
  • Minchin Motion - 1 May to 1 October 2018 | PDF 362KB
  • Minchin Motion - 6 February to 30 April 2018 | PDF 93KB

Legal Services Expenditure

Under the Legal Services Directions 2017 agencies are required to make publicly available a record of their legal services expenditure for the previous financial year. 

  • Legal services expenditure 2022-23 |  PDF 137KB
  • Legal services expenditure 2021-22 |  PDF 83KB
  • Legal services expenditure 2020-21 |  PDF 83KB
  • Legal services expenditure 2019-20 |  PDF 97KB
  • Legal services expenditure 2018-19 |  PDF 93KB

Gifts and Benefits

Under APSC Guidance agency heads must publish a register of gifts and benefits they accept on their agency website on a quarterly basis. All gifts or benefits accepted by Commission staff (and valued at over $AUD100.00 (excluding GST), are reported below:

  • Gifts and Benefits, July - September 2023: no reportable gifts received
  • Gifts and Benefits, April - June 2023 PDF 73KB
  • Gifts and Benefits, May 2021 - March 2023: no reportable gifts received
  • Gifts and Benefits, April - June 2021 PDF 74KB
  • Gifts and Benefits, January - March 2021: no reportable gifts received
  • Gifts and Benefits, October - December 2020 |  PDF 402KB
  • Gifts and Benefits, January 2020 - September 2020: no reportable gifts received

Senate Order 12 (Harradine Report)

Under Senate Order 12, agencies are required to publish an indexed list of relevant files created or updated by the agency in the past 12 months. Relevant files include those that relate to our policy advising functions. The Commission's Harradine file listings are published on the Department of Health and Aged Care website.

Commonwealth Child Safe Framework

The Commonwealth Child Safe Framework sets minimum standards for creating and maintaining child safe culture and practices in Australian Government entities. The Framework is mandatory for Commonwealth non-corporate entities. Please find the Commission's 2023 Commonwealth Child Safe Framework compliance statement (177KB). 

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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.