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The Commission is undertaking the following schedule of formal meetings in 2015:

  • Sydney, 20 February, Theme: Strategic Planning
  • Melbourne, 9-10 April, Theme: Data
  • Darwin, 17-19 June, Theme: Indigenous, Rural and Remote
  • Canberra, 12-13 August, Theme: Government
  • Venue TBA, 19-20 November, Theme: TBA

NB: This schedule may be altered.

In 2014, the Commission’s 2014 meetings focused on the Review of existing mental health services and programmes.

In 2012 and 2013 – our first two years – we met in every Australian state and territory including communities in rural and remote areas. From these meetings we gathered a wealth of information and knowledge from community meetings and visits to local services, which we used in the Review. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health, social and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention were the focus of our meetings held in Alice Springs, NT and Cairns, QLD.

Commissioners particularly value the direct contact with people and families about their experiences, concerns and suggestions for improving mental health and preventing suicide.

You can read the minutes from our meetings below:


Canberra 22-23 March 2017 Communique | Minutes
Darwin 23-24 May 2017 Communique


Adelaide, South Australia 3 - 4 February 2016
Sydney, New South Wales 15 March 2016
Sydney, New South Wales
11 - 12 May 2016
Melbourne, Victoria 6 - 7 July 2016
Canberra, ACT 14 - 15 September 2016
Mildura, Victoria 2-3 November 2016
Mildura 2 - 3 November 2016 Communique 



Sydney, New South Wales 20 February
Melbourne, Victoria 9-10 April
Darwin, Northern Territory 17-19 June
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 12-13 August 
Teleconference 16 October
Sydney, New South Wales 19 November Communique | Minutes
Teleconference  15 December 


Canberra meeting


Telepresence Jan 30
Melbourne, Victoria Feb 13–14
Sydney, New South Wales June 22–23
Sydney, New South Wales August 21
Melbourne, Victoria October 9-10
Sydney, News South Wales November 10
Sydney, News South Wales November 20


Sydney, New South Wales Jan 31–1 Feb
Cairns, Queensland March 7–8
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory May 9–10
Port Hedland, Western Australia July 18–19 
Launceston, Tasmania Aug 22–23
Melbourne, Victoria Oct 10–11

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Sydney, New South Wales Jan 24
Brisbane, Queensland May 8–9
Melbourne and Geelong June 19–20
Alice Springs, Northern Territory Aug 15–17 
Orange, New South Wales Nov 21-22 
Adelaide, South Australia Oct 3–4

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In our first six months we held a series of roundtables to help inform the Commission's work and the first Report Card.

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