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.


National Safety and Quality Mental Health Standards (NSQMH) for Community Managed Organisations: Consultation Paper

The NSQMH Standards for Community Managed Organisations (CMOs) are being developed by the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC). In their submission MHCC welcomed the opportunity to respond to the consultation paper questions. The issues raised by MHCC centred around the need to develop a set of principles and domains that reflect the trauma-informed recovery oriented practice approach exemplified by CMO, expressed in language that aligns with the approach. Whilst acknowledging that the standards may become a requirement under some funding agreements MHCC stressed that the standards should be voluntary.

June 2021


Select Committee on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

This submission addresses issues pertinent to MHCC members and the community managed mental health sector. It outlines key gaps and barriers to accessing community based psychosocial support services, the benefits of improving access to such services and the enablers required to do so.

May 2021


NDIS Joint Standing Committee: NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission Inquiry

MHCC provided a submission to the Inquiry that examines systemic and ongoing issues about the operations and framework of the Quality and Safeguards Commission, which includes the NDIS Practice Standards and the NDIS Code of Conduct. In making this submission MHCC consulted with Members and the sector. Comments reflect the feedback and learnings shared since the establishment of the NDIS for people living with psychosocial disability in NSW.

July 2020


NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment – A Housing Strategy for NSW: Discussion Paper

MHCC strongly advocates that housing supports for people living with mental health conditions and homeless people at risk of and experiencing a multitude of psychosocial difficulties be clearly identified in the strategy; and that accommodation support must be underpinned by an appropriate level of housing stock. MHCC also highlights the importance of quantifying the investment in evidence-based models to meet the needs of vulnerable people of all ages over the next twenty years.

July 2020


Peaks’ Submission to Civil and Administrative Tribunal Review on Guardianship

MHCC collaborated with five other peaks led by the Council for Intellectual Disability, to reflect on the Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act and the Guardianship Division. The Guardianship Division protects the rights of people with disability with processes that maximise inclusion. The submission outlines three key provisions that need protecting.

February 2020


Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health: Draft Report

MHCC’s submission emphasises the role psychosocial support services play in providing much more than services complementing clinical services. These services have a role vital to supporting recovery for people living with enduring mental health conditions by working with people over the long term to address more than just the symptoms of illness. They are often the key to people living well in the community. MHCC recommends expansion of CMO mental health support services and additional funding.

January 2020


NSW Department of Justice: Defences and Partial Defences Consultation

MHCC has provided comment to the Defences and Partial Defences: Consultation Paper, which is part of the ongoing review of the NSW Mental Health Forensic Provisions Act. The matters discussed included issues surrounding the way ‘special verdicts’ are dealt with as well as finalising terminology that better expresses the objects of the Act.

July 2019