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Mental Health and Wellbeing Act 2022

Since 1 September 2023, Victoria has a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act.

New Act transforms Victoria's mental health system

A key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, the new Act supports changes underway to transform Victoria’s mental health system. These changes will deliver a new system where Victorians receive the care they need early, and in their community.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Act 2022 promotes good mental health and wellbeing for all Victorians.

It has new rights-based principles that promote the values, preferences and views of Victorians with mental illness or psychological distress. The new principles guide how service providers should deliver assessment, treatment, care and support.

The role of general practitioners

As primary providers of mental health care, general practitioners will continue to have an important role in the mental health and wellbeing system. General practitioners play a crucial role in providing primary mental health care and connecting consumers with appropriate mental health and wellbeing services.

Fact sheet for general practitioners

Resources for mental health and wellbeing workforce

The Victorian Department of Health has developed a suite of resources to assist the mental health and wellbeing workforce to understand the changes from the previous Mental Health Act 2014 and understand their obligations and responsibilities under this new legislation.

This information can be found on the Department’s dedicated Mental Health and Wellbeing Act 2022 page: Mental Health and Wellbeing Act 2022 |

One of these resources to support the sector is an interactive eLearn package comprising four modules to assist the workforce in interpreting various aspects of this new legislation. Modules range from approximately 10-30 minutes to complete and include useful learning checks throughout.

To access the eLearn product register for, or sign in to, your MHPOD account, then then navigate directly to the Mental health and Wellbeing Act 2022 modules here.

Additional resources available

The Victorian Department of Health has published a range of resources to support implementation of the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act:

Other helpful resources

Key contacts


13 11 14

BeyondBlue Support Service

1300 224 365

Suicide Call Back Service

1300 659 467


1300 789 987

Kids Helpline

1800 551 800


1800 184 527

Head to Health

1800 595 212

Directline (24/7 AOD support line)

1800 888 236

ACSO (Gippsland AOD intake provider)

1300 022 760