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.


Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2015: Proposal to deny payment of social security benefits to forensic patients who are detained

MHCC propose that this removal of financial support is punitive and will create further disadvantage affecting the potential for a person’s recovery and rehabilitation after they leave forensic facilities. This policy change will disproportionately affect Aboriginal people with coexisting mental illness and cognitive impairment as they are significantly over represented in forensic environments.

June 2015


Mental Health Amendment (Statutory Review) Bill 2014

The proposed amendments to the NSW Mental Health Act are uncontroversial, however, MHCC are disappointed that there is an absence of the positive rights that might be activated. This falls far short of the Election Commitment the NSW Government made in the wake of the Waterlow Case and recommendations from various quarters including the Deputy State Coroner.

November 2014


NSW Premier: Urgent metro homelessness funding concerns

With the recent announcement by the Commonwealth Government to commit to 12 months stopgap funding under the National Partnership Agreement on Housing,
the MHCC urge the NSW Government to reconsider the substantial reduction of funding (approx. $7m) being provided through the Going Home Staying Home Reform Plan in the Sydney inner city area.

April 2014