Submissions by MHCC on behalf of members and the sector

In consultation with the sector, MHCC responds to policy and legislative reform through submissions to both State and Commonwealth governments, departments and human service agencies.


Department of Justice: Review of draft Regulations related to the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Amendment (Victims) Bill 2018

MHCC provided comment on the draft regulations that will underpin the operation and management of the Specialist Victims Register and victim impact statements. These three directives are: the Mental Health Amendment (Forensic Patients) Regulation; the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Victims Impact Statement) Regulation and the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Amendment (Victims) Regulation. These small changes largely give effect to the rights of victims to be notified and heard  more effectively in Tribunal hearings.

October 2018


Department of Justice: Review of the Disability Inclusion Action Plan

MHCC responded to the review of section 12 of the Disability Inclusion Act 2014 (NSW) which requires each public authority to develop a Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP). The DIAP was developed to outline the steps to ensure people with disability are able to access the Department of Justice’s services and fully participate in the community.  In their submission MHCC supports the principles of disability inclusion, and the recognition of the important rights that people with disability have, including the right to participate in society, access information, be able to live free from violence and have their diverse needs respected.

September 2018


NSW Government Inquiry: Implementation of the NDIS and the provision of disability services in NSW

This submission focused on the access and planning challenges that people are experiencing and the significant challenges being experienced by organisations given the low pricing for working with people with complex needs. We call for the need for an assertive outreach and engagement strategy to identify people with mental health conditions eligible for the NDIS. This will help people to live well in the community and take pressure off the already overburdened acute/public mental health services system.

August 2018


Mental Health and Cognitive Impairment Forensic Provisions Bill 2018 (NSW): Second Draft Proposals

MHCC commented that whilst the language of the draft bill does not sit very comfortably within a ‘recovery oriented approach’ we appreciate its aim to ensure that people living with mental health and cognitive impairments will be more appropriately understood as two distinct groups that are both covered by the Act; which helps courts to identify defendants and to make decisions that will better assist defendants receive appropriate treatment and support earlier.

August 2018


NSW Law Reform Commission: Review Guardianship Act 1987 (NSW): Draft Proposal – Establishment of a Public Advocate in NSW and the role of Community Advocacy

MHCC is one of many organisations and agencies that thoroughly endorse the need to establish a Public Advocate to respond to matters of abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable people in community mental health and human service settings, and highlighted the vital and complimentary role community advocates play.

February 2018


Inquiry into the Management of Health Care Delivery in NSW

Following an earlier submission to the Inquiry of 6 March 2017, MHCC took the opportunity to provide an update on relevant changes that occurred during the intervening six months affecting our original comments. Discussion mainly centred on the utilisation of the National Minimum Date Set which will enable the CMO sector to review of its role and capacity to sustain quality outcomes.

October 2017