Act on the Act.

Thank you everyone who took part in Act on the Act, and advocated for changing the Mental Health Act.
Submissions are now closed, but we are keeping this page up for posterity and as a easy to find resource for all of our Act on the Act publications.

Changes are coming the Mental Health Act, and we need you to help us make a submission, to ensure consumer voices are heard as part of this process. Here you will find resources to make a submission to The White Paper. You have until 11:59pm on the 1st of August 2021 to make a submission.

A submission is a chance for you to make a statement on what you want for the future of the Mental Health Act, by writing directly to the Department of Health, as they draft these changes for the state government. Read through this page for a list of resources, guides and information that will help you in this process.

Act on the Act Report

A rapid consultation with consumer to inform drafting of the new Victorian Mental Health and Wellbeing Act. This report was the result of a amazing piece of consultation with lived experience consumers by Vrinda Edan and Indigo Daya looking at what the people most effected by these changes want for the future of our mental health system. This document provides a key insight into lived experience perspectives.

To find out more, about the report and how you can be involved in writing submissions, re-stream out Act on the Act Launch event below.
This event originally took place on Thursday the 17th of July. Facilitated by VMIAC Chair Kathy Wilson, and featuring talks from Indgio Daya and Vrinda Edan, as well as Chris Maylea.

The White Paper

Released in response the Royal Commission’s recommendations on replacing the current Mental Health and Wellbeing Act, “The paper describes the development of the new Act and proposals on policy issues that require more input to make sure they meet the Royal Commission’s recommendations.” Input on this paper are currently being sourced by consumers, so to make a submission, or to read the paper, click the link below. You have until 11:59pm on the 1st of August 2021 to make a submission.

Click here to find out more, or make a submission.

Submission Guides

To help you make a submission we have created some useful guides to aid in your submission. These guides give you a rundown on some useful information for writing your submission such as the relevant Royal Commission Findings, the details from The White Paper, as well as consumer perspectives. You can answer every question as part of you submission, or only answer the ones relevant to your interests.

Image shows an example of the Tip sheets, downloadable below.
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Download the Guides Here!

Tip Sheets for Individual Questions

One on One Submission Support

Want to make a submission to White Paper, but want some support. VMIAC are offering one on one support for people looking to make a submission, give us a call on (03) 9380 3900 or email us on, to make a time with one our support workers.

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