Mental Health Act

About The Mental Health Act 2013

The Mental Health Act 2013 has been in operation since 17 February 2014, and can be accessed from the Tasmanian Legislation website

The Mental Health Act 2013 represents a significant improvement in the protection of the rights of mental health consumers in Tasmania. The Act balances consumer rights with the need for treatment, while also recognising the important role played by carers, family members and friends 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.

When the Act started, it was a significant reform in how people who live with severe mental illness were assessed and treated. As such, section 229 stipulates that operation of the Act is reviewed within six years of commencement. The review is currently underway, and you can read more about it on the Mental Health Act 2013 - Review 2020 page

The Chief Psychiatrist and representatives from the Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Directorate continue to work closely with the Mental Health Tribunal to review and refine any issues and identify ways in which operation of the Act could be improved.


All resources and forms continue to be revised and updated, and we encourage you to check back regularly to ensure you have access to the most current information.

A wide-range of information, education and training resources have been developed. These are available from the relevant section - Information for Clinicians or Information for Consumers, Carers and the Community Sector

Clinical Guidelines, Standing Orders and Forms can be found in Information for Clinicians

Contact Us

Office of the Chief Psychiatrist

GPO Box 125
Hobart Tasmania 7000

Ph: (03) 6166 0778


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 prevention contact the SANE Australia Helpline on 1800 18 SANE (7263) or Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14, or talk to your local GP, health professional or someone you trust.