Fifth National Mental Health Plan

The Fifth National Mental Health Plan (Fifth Plan) will seek to establish a national approach for collaborative government effort over the next five years, from 2017 to 2022.

Page last updated: 19 December 2016

A consultation draft of the Fifth Plan was released on 21 October 2016. The consultation draft focuses on achievable and measurable improvements across seven targeted priority areas:


    - Integrated regional planning and service delivery;

    - Coordinated treatment and supports for people with severe and complex mental illness;

    - Suicide prevention;

    - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and suicide prevention;

    - Physical health of people living with mental health issues;

    - Stigma and discrimination reduction; and

    - Safety and quality in mental health care.


You can download a copy of the draft plan;
Fifth National Mental Health Plan (PDF 646 KB)
Fifth National Mental Health Plan (Word 537 KB)

National Consultations

A national consultation process was held throughout November and December 2016 to inform the development of the Fifth Plan. The consultation process included national consultation workshops in the following locations:
  • Darwin, 7 November 2016
  • Alice Springs, 8 November 2016
  • Adelaide, 14 November 2016
  • Brisbane, 16 November 2016
  • Townsville, 17 November 2016
  • Sydney, 22 November 2016
  • Melbourne, 23 November 2016
  • Perth, 25 November 2016
  • Hobart, 30 November 2016
  • Canberra, 2 December 2016
The consultation process was complemented by local consultation events in some states and territories and feedback via submissions and a public web portal.

All feedback on the Plan is being captured and analysed as part of the national consultation process. The Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Principal Committee, who has responsibility for developing the Plan, will consider this feedback when making decisions about the redrafting process and finalisation of the Plan.