Productivity Commission inquiry into the economic impacts of mental ill-health


The Productivity Commission has released an Issues Paper. It outlines:

  • the scope of the inquiry
  • the Commission’s procedures
  • matters about which the Commission is seeking comment
  • how to make a submission.

We are seeking member input!

If you work in a mental health service, or with people experiencing mental ill-health in other settings, and are interested in being involved in our consultation process for this Inquiry, the AASW is calling on you to contribute to our submission using your professional experience working with mental ill-health.

But even if you do not work in the health or mental health sector, you can still make a contribution -  the Inquiry is asking a broad range of questions surrounding how clients living with mental illness might better be supported across the board. So whether you work in education, employment, housing, justice or private practice, we want to hear from you.

If you are interested in contributing, please send us an email at to find out how you can have your say.

In the meantime a number of individual submissions in the form of ‘Brief Comments’ are already starting to be published and for many in the mental health community, this may be another avenue to contribute to the processes.

The Brief comments section is grouping submissions into the following seven categories:

  • Academics and researchers
  • User or consumer of mental health services or supports
  • Carers or family members
  • Mental Health workers
  • Other interested persons
  • Government or a Government agency
  • Provider of mental health services or supports.

Read the ‘Brief Comments’ that have already been submitted.