Approved Facilities

What is an Approved Assessment Centre?

An approved assessment centre is a premises that has been approved by the Minister under section 140 of the Act, as an assessment centre for the purposes of the Act.

The Minister may only approve a premises as an assessment centre if satisfied that the relevant premises are properly built, equipped and staffed to assess involuntary patients with mental illness.

For non-government premises, the Minister must also be satisfied that the prospective controlling authority is a suitable body or person to be in charge of an approved assessment centre.

Under the Act, an approved hospital is taken to be an approved assessment centre unless the instrument of approval provides otherwise.

Under section 4 of the Mental Health (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2013, a place that was an assessment centre under the Mental Health Act 1996 is an approved assessment centre under the Mental Health Act 2013.

Download the list of approved hospitals under the Mental Health Act 1996

What is an Approved Hospital?

An approved hospital is a premises that has been approved by the Minister under section 140 of the Act, as a hospital for the purposes of the Act.

The Minister may only approve a premises as a hospital if satisfied that the relevant premises are properly built, equipped and staffed to treat involuntary patients with mental illness.

For non-government premises, the Minister must also be satisfied that the prospective controlling authority is a suitable body or person to be in charge of an approved hospital.

Under the Act, an approved hospital is taken to be an approved assessment centre unless the instrument of approval provides otherwise.

Under section 4 of the Mental Health (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2013, a place that was an approved hospital under the Mental Health Act 1996 is an approved hospital under the Mental Health Act 2013.

Download the list of approved hospitals

What is a Secure Mental Health Unit?

A secure mental health unit is a premises that has been approved by the Minister under section 140 of the Act, as a secure mental health unit for the purposes of the Act.

The Minister may only approve a premises as a secure mental health unit if satisfied that the relevant premises are properly built, equipped and staffed to assess or treat forensic patients.

For non-government premises, the Minister must also be satisfied that the prospective controlling authority is a suitable body or person to be in charge of a secure mental health unit.

Under section 4 of the Mental Health (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2013, a place that was a secure mental health unit under the Mental Health Act 1996 is a secure mental health unit under the Mental Health Act 2013.

Tasmania has one secure mental health unit, the Wilfred Lopes Centre.