In 2019, the State Government established the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System to examine how the mental health system is working, and whether it is effective at addressing the need for mental health support in the Victorian communityThe Royal Commission found that the mental health system was “broken” and failing many people. It recommended major reform of Victoria’s Mental Health System. 

The Victorian Government has committed to implementing all of the recommendations of the Royal Commission. It has set up new government bodies to develop the new system and allocated funding in the 2021-22 State Budget to make the changes recommended by the Royal Commission.

The Victorian Government is working with community organisations like ECCV to share the findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission with the community. ECCV has created this webpage as a resource for our members, and migrant and refugee communities, to find out more about the Royal Commission, and what the reforms mean. 

Changing the mental health system will take several years. ECCV hopes to share key information with member organisations and communities to make sure that migrant and refugee communities are included and their needs are met. 

If you would like to know more or if you have any feedback about this page, please contact us.

Mental Health Reform News & Events

Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy 2021-24

Visit Mental Health Reform
Victoria for updates

ECCV’s submission on the new Mental Health Act

Mental Health Budget
Highlights 2021-22

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System



The Royal Commission delivered its final report in February 2021. It found that the mental health system was “broken,” and
was not providing the support people need.

The Royal Commission has made 65 recommendations to transform how 
mental health issues are addressed.

Download the report

Final Report Summary

Final Recommendations 

Fact Sheets

ECCV’s Multicultural Mental Health Forums

Multicultural Mental Health: The Road Ahead

Keynote speaker: Steve Dimopoulos MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health

Panellists: Dr Francis Acquah, leading multicultural mental health clinician; Paris Aristotle AO, CEO of Foundation House; and Dr Judy Tang, Clinical Neuropsychologist at Jurmaine Health and a Victorian Multicultural Commissioner

Multicultural Mental Health: Voices from the Community

Speakers: Tigist Kebede, counsellor at Foundation House; Jaya Manchikanti, President of IndianCare; Hala Nur, youth worker at The Venny; and Shehani de Silva, Education & Service Development Consultant at Victorian Transcultural Mental Health

Special performance: Thabani Tshuma, performance poet

ECCV’s Policy Work on Mental Health

Policy submission on the new
Mental Health and Wellbeing Act

Recommendations for a Culturally Responsive Mental Health System Paper

Analysis of the 2021-22
State Budget: Mental Health

Media Release on the Royal
Commission Recommendations

Submission to the Royal Commission
into Victoria’s mental health system

ISSUE BRIEF: Multicultural Mental
Health & Wellbeing Under COVID-19

Where to get help

Where to Get Help

Mental Health Services in Victoria


Translated Mental Health Resources