The Victorian Government is transforming how it responds to mental health issues in our community.

    Reform of Victoria’s Mental Health System


     In 2019 the State Government established the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System to examine how the mental health system is working, whether it is effective at addressing the need for mental health support in the Victorian community. 

    The 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.

    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 made 65 recommendations to transform how mental health issues are addressed.

    Download the report

    Summary of the Final Report

    Final Recommendations 

    Fact Sheets

    Mental Health Reform News & Events

    Register for ECCV’s online forum on multicultural mental health

    Learn about the development of the new Act and how to provide feedback

    For the latest updates visit Mental Health Reform Victoria

    Mental Health Budget Highlights 2021-22

    ECCV’s Work in Mental Health 

    Have your say: ECCV guide to making a submission

    Recommendations for a Culturally Responsive Mental Health System Paper

    Analysis of the State Budget 2021-22 – Mental Health

    Media Release on Royal Commission Final Report

    ECCV Submission to the Royal Commission

    ECCV Paper on Mental Health and COVID-19

    Where to get help

    Where to Get Help

    Mental Health Services in Victoria


    Translated Mental Health Resources