Mental Health Act 2013

Development of a New Mental Health Act 

On Tuesday, 9 April 2013 new mental health legislation was passed by Parliament to address issues raised by consumers, carers, clinicians and other stakeholders, throughout a significant consultation process. The new legislation commenced on 17 February 2014, replacing the Mental Health Act 1996.

The new legislation balances consumer rights with the need for treatment, while also recognising the important role played by carers and family members of people with a mental illness. It enables individuals with capacity to make their own treatment choices, while facilitating treatment for individuals who lack decision-making capacity and who need treatment for their own health or safety, or for the safety of others.

The new legislation represents a significant improvement in the protection of the rights of mental health consumers in Tasmania.

The new Mental Health Act 2013 can be accessed from www.thelaw.tas.gov.au.

Any questions about the new Mental Health Act 2013 can be emailed to mhact@dhhs.tas.gov.au or you can call 03 6166 0766 for further information.

If you need immediate assistance or support, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Mental Health Helpline on 1800 332 388.

For further information about mental health and suicide contact the SANE Australia helpline on 1800 18 SANE (7263) or www.sane.org or www.lifeline.org.au or talk to your local GP, health professional or someone you trust