Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health

In October 2018, the Government announced a Productivity Commission inquiry into the role of mental health in supporting economic participation and enhancing the nation’s productivity. Over 18 months, the inquiry will consider how mental illness can affect all aspects of a person’s quality of life including physical health, social participation, education, employment and financial status.

Read Mental Health Australia’s first submission here.

Read Mental Health Australia’s second submission (Global Evidence Review) here.

Read Mental Health Australia’s third submission (Intergovernmental Arrangements) here.


Activities and Engagement with Members

Productivity Commission Mental Health Policy Network

Throughout the duration of the Inquiry, Mental Health Australia will convene a series of teleconferences for Members. These networking meetings will aim to:

  • Keep members up to date on the progress of the Inquiry,
  • Discuss key policy topics raised during the Inquiry, and
  • Provide an opportunity for Members collaborate at key stages of the Inquiry.

The first meeting of the Productivity Commission Mental Health Policy Network will be held at 2pm (AEDT) on Thursday 31 January. Member delegates of Mental Health Australia will be emailed an agenda and teleconference details the week before.


The Commission invites interested parties and organisations to make a written submission. Initial submissions are due on Friday 5 April 2019. An issues paper is due for release later in January 2019.

If you have something to say but prefer to keep it brief, you can make a comment via the Commission’s website rather than a written submission. Comments may be used by the Commission to inform its report.

Stay informed

We will frequently update this section of the website with the latest news, issues papers and reports from the Commission as the Inquiry progresses. This page will also feature information on upcoming Policy Network teleconferences and Mental Health Australia submissions as they are released. 

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