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Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan

Monitoring and Reporting on Progress to COAG Health Council

The Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan (Fifth Plan) was endorsed by the COAG Health Council in August 2017. The Fifth Plan represents commitment from all governments to work together to achieve integrated planning and service delivery of mental health and suicide prevention related services. This will require cooperation between the Commonwealth, state and territory governments, public and private sector, community-managed organisations, and consumers and carers to improve the mental health system and outcomes for people with lived experience of mental ill-health. 

The Fifth Plan is accompanied by an implementation plan that establishes responsibilities for agreed actions designed to enable change. The Commission has been tasked to provide an annual report on progress made against the Fifth Plan’s eight nationally agreed priority areas and 32 coordinated actions for the next five years.

Our first annual report on the progress of the implementation of the Fifth Plan will provide an update up until 30 June 2018. 

Our intention is to keep reporting simple and succinct. We are interested in:

  • engagement and participation of consumers, carers, families and support people
  • progress made against the actions and priority areas
  • key achievements that showcase improved outcomes
  • enablers and barriers experienced during implementation
  • establishing baselines for the 24 national key performance indicators 

Our first report is due to the COAG Health Council’s meeting in October 2018. Before this, it will be shared with the Mental Health Expert Reference Panel, the Mental Health Principal Committee, and the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council. 

We are working with the coordination points identified in the Fifth Plan, the Commonwealth Department of Health, state and territory governments, Primary Health Networks and State/Territory Mental Health Commissions to measure and report on change. 

A unique feature of the Fifth Plan, compared to other national plans from the past, is the question “What will be different for consumers and carers?”. With this is mind, we will conduct a national public consultation process in the second half of 2018 in order to understand the impact of the Fifth Plan activities on consumers and carers. 

For more information please contact the Director, Mental Health Reform, Sydney on 02 8220 7550 or

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