RESOURCES | Policies

The VTPU since its inception in 1989 has monitored the development of significant policies regarding mental health services at national and state government levels. This has informed all activities surrounding education, research and service development. The links listed below represent key policy areas accessible on the Internet.

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National Mental Health Policy 2008$File/pol08.pdf

National Mental Health Plan 2003-2008

National Standards for Mental Health Services 1996

Multicultural Australia: United in Diversity

Multicultural publications: Department of Immigration & Citizenship

The Evolution of Australia’s Multicultural Policy - DIAC

Public Health Association Australia
The PHA provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and information on public health.


Victoria State Policy (2009)
A fairer victoria

Victorian Government Mental Health Policy (2008)
All of us - Victoria's Multicultural Policy

Because Mental Health Matters: Mental Health Reform Strategy (2009-2019)

Cultural Diversity Plan for Victoria's specialist mental health services (2003 - 2010)

Cultural Diversity Plan (2007 - 2008)

Cultural Diversity Guide DHS (2006)

Languages Services Policy (2005)

New Directions for Victoria's Mental Health Services
Dept. of Human Services, Melbourne, 2002

Victoria: Extending the Framework
A proposal for a statewide bilingual clinical program

Victoria's Mental Health Service
Improving Services for People from a Non-English-Speaking Background
Goals, strategies, best practice examples, standards for evaluation and action plans for services



Queensland NESB Mental Health Policy (1995)

Queensland Multicultural Mental Health Plan 2003-2008 

Queensland Health: Strategic Plan for Multicultural Health 2007-1012

New South Wales

Community Mental Health Strategy 2007-2012: From prevention and early intervention to

NSW Multicultural Mental Health Plan 2008-2012

Western Australia

WA Mental Health Policies and Guidelines

A Transculturally Orientated Mental Health Service for Western Australia (2001)

Western Australia Health Department: NESB Mental Health Policy Statement
Action oriented plans and timing.

South Australia

South Australian Mental Health Unit Policies and Guidelines

Australian Capital Territory

Mental Health ACT website

ACT Action Plan for Mental Health Promotion,Prevention and Early Intervention 2006 – 2008 

Northern Territory

NT Mental Health website

NT Mental Health Policies