Responses and Submissions

Productivity Commission, Mental Health Inquiry Report

Click here to view Final Report released 16 November 2020

The Productivity Commission final report on its inquiry into mental health was released on 16 November.  The Commission finds that reform of the mental health system would produce large improvements in people’s quality of life and in increased economic participation.

The report makes recommendations to the Australian and state and territory governments, to improve the mental health of people of all ages and cultural backgrounds, working with people who have experience of mental illness, and with their families and carers. The recommended reforms extend across workplaces, schools and universities, the justice system, community groups and services for healthcare, psychosocial support, and housing.

Draft Report Released 31 Oct 2019

The Productivity Commission conducted an Inquiry into the Social and Economic Benefits of Improving Mental Health in Australia. The Report and recommendations, including key mental health stakeholders across Australia have agreed upon a Charter 2020 which outlines the need for a national agreement for mental health.

Click here to read the Report Released Oct 2019 from the Productivity Commission

A response from NTHMC to the Report and in collaboration with NT Shelter and Darwin Community Legal Service.  Click here to read the response

Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry: The Social and Economic Benefits of Improving Mental Health April 2019.
Read the Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition’s submission – click here.

Joint Submission to Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs Accessibility and Quality of Mental Health Services in Rural and Remote Australia, May 2018
The Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition (the Coalition) and the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health (QAMH) have made a joint submission regarding the sustainability and quality of adequate mental health services in rural and remote communities throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory.  Click here to download

NT Mental Health Coalition submission to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory October 2016.
To download click here

The Coalition has responded to issues on behalf of our members. View below:

Community Mental Health Australia Submission to the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan

The Coalition response to article by Hayley Sorensen, Crunch on Mental Health Services, dated 17.10.2016 with a letter to the editor dated 1.11.2016 followed by an interview with Daryl Manzie, 104.1 Territory FM.


2017 Mental Health Week Community Survey

In 2017 as part of Mental Health Week activities the Mental Health Coalition (Coalition) invited the Northern Territory Community to provide feedback about their experiences of the mental health services, programs or the systems in the Territory, as well as people’s perspectives on priority areas
for system improvement, the survey was conducted two ways, face to face and online through the support of NT Council of Social Services (NTCOSS), Association of Alcohol & Other Drug Agencies (AADANT) and NT Shelter’s newsletters.

Participants were able to complete either a hard copy version, face to face at the Mental Health Week Launch in Raintree Park or through an online survey. The responses were collated by the Coalition.

The Purpose of the survey was to provide community feedback to the Department of Health to assist and highlight issues within the Community and to support any future planning and decision-making by the Department.

The survey responses were collated into a report by the Coalition and presented at a meeting of the Northern Territory Mental Health Coordination Committee in December 2017.

To read the survey report click here

 Community Mental Health Australia 2017-2018 Federal Pre-Budget Submission

Community Mental Health Australia have completed their 2017-2018 Federal Pre-Budget Submission. The Pre-Budget Submission has been developed in consultation with the States and Territories. The Submission puts forward six defined budget initiatives that are concrete measures to address issues occurring with the various mental health reforms and the NDIS that could be considered for inclusion in the 2017-18 Federal Budget.

View the submission here


Don Dale Detention Centre

26/10/2016 The Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition on behalf of its members has submitted a submission to The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory, the report is now available.

29/07/2016 Young people’s mental health must be the crucial component incorporated into the deliberations of the Royal Commission into child protection and youth detention in the Northern Territory set up by the Prime Minister this week.


Letter from the Health Minister John Elferink 18 May 2016 in response to NTMHC Response to NDIS Bilateral Agreement

Summary response to Stakeholder Considerations NDIA Individual Support Design Report NT

Day to Day Living Program

Independent Review of the NDIS Scheme Act 2013 (Cmth)

Response – Draft Housing Strategy Consultation