06 July 2020

On June 30 the Morrison Government received the final Productivity Commission report on mental health.
 
With mental health flagged as a priority by Scott Morrison and Greg Hunt during the COVID health emergency, it is critical that a response to the report be finalised by October in order to be funded by the Budget.
 
Under the Productivity Commission Act 1998, the Government is required to table the report in each House of the Parliament within 25 sitting days of receipt.
 
There are only 16 sitting days in the House of the Parliament before Budget night.
 
The report should be released as soon as possible so that the sector can be consulted on implementation without delay.
 
1 in 5 Australians will experience mental ill-health each year, and almost half of all Australian adults will experience difficulties with their mental health at some stage of their lives.
 
Last year’s interim report estimated that mental ill-health and flow on costs Australia $180 billion per year.
 
The release of this final report gives Australia a chance to reform policy across education, housing, the workplace and the justice and health systems to address better mental health for Australians.
 
We urge Scott Morrison and Greg Hunt to release this report before the Budget so much needed reform in the sector can start.
 
In doing so we acknowledge the importance of this piece of work and our bi-partisan commitment to addressing better mental health for Australians.
 
*For 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services call Lifeline on 13 11 14. Other services include Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467, Beyondblue: 1300 22 4636, Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800, MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978*.
 
WEDNESDAY, 1 JULY 2020