Monitoring and Reporting

A core function of the Commission is independent monitoring and reporting on the extent to which people with lived experience of mental illness, their families and other support people, are supported to live contributing lives across health and other domains, such as early childhood, education, employment, disability and housing.

National Reports

Since 2012, the Commission has delivered an annual report to the Australian Government and the community on the mental health and suicide prevention system in Australia. This report draws on data, indicators and frameworks, as well as people's experiences, to inform an assessment of whether progress is being achieved in the implementation of mental health reforms and their efficacy.

The Fifth Plan

The Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan (Fifth Plan) was endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council in August 2017. Responsibility for implementing the Fifth Plan was assigned to the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC), the Mental Health Principal Committee (MHPC) and its subordinate committees, with the intent that implementation would finish in 2022.

Spotlight Reports

The following reports have been commissioned by the Commission to inform our work. They do not necessarily reflect the view of the Commission.


The Commission makes submissions to public inquiries and consultations where they involve issues relating to mental health and suicide prevention in Australia. All our submissions are available for download here.

Position Statements

Our Position Statements put forward the Commission’s stance on specific issues.

Monitoring and Reporting Framework

The Commission continues to undertake national independent monitoring and reporting on mental health and suicide prevention. By highlighting the system activities that affect mental health and suicide prevention in Australia, we hope to inform policy and practice to make a positive change in the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians.

More initiatives

Since its conception in 2012, the Commission has worked on many mental health reform projects to give Australians the best opportunity to live a thriving and contributing life. Learn more about our other projects.

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 and present, 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.