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About the National Suicide Prevention Office

In response to recommendations in the National Suicide Prevention Final Advice and the Productivity Commission into mental health and suicide prevention, the Federal Government announced the creation of a National Suicide Prevention Office in the May 2021 Budget.

The National Suicide Prevention Office will set strategic directions, build capabilities, support cross jurisdiction and cross portfolio action and report on the agreed outcomes.

The National Office for Suicide Prevention will be responsible for leading:

  • The development of a national outcomes framework for suicide prevention, which is informed by lived experience, and applied nationally and down to program & service level.
  • Working with all jurisdictions to set priorities for suicide prevention research and knowledge sharing.
  • Working with all jurisdictions and stakeholders to lead the development of a National Suicide Prevention Workforce Strategy.

The creation of a National Suicide Prevention Office will ensure the coordination of whole-of-government capability to deliver a national approach to reducing suicide rates in Australia. It is a significant step towards ensuring a more preventative, compassionate and person-centred mental health and suicide prevention system.