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About the sector

The community managed mental health sector is a key provider of mental health services and supports to people in the community.

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Annual Reports

Find detailed information on the work we do to support the community managed mental health sector.

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Latest news

Catch up on all the latest news and stories from the community-based mental health sector.

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Sector events

Discover a range of ways to connect and learn through our events, forums and talks.

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Mental Health Rights Manual

An online guide to help explain your legal and human rights in the mental health and human services systems in New South Wales.

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Recovery Oriented Language Guide

Words are important. The language we use and the stories we tell have great significance to all involved.

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Registered training

Build on your lived experience or on-the-job experience and receive a nationally recognised qualification.

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Customised training

Contact us to design a professional development solution for your workforce and organisation.

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Our members

Our members are community managed mental health organisations, large and small, local and NSW-wide service providers.

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Become a member

Join a strong network of community-based mental health organisations delivering better outcomes for people in New South Wales.

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What We Do

Leadership. Advocacy. Impact.

Mental Health Coordinating Council represents community-based, mental health organisations who work to support people with lived experience of mental health conditions.

Our members help people to live well in the community by delivering a range of services, including psychosocial support and rehabilitation programs.

Together with our members, we are a strong voice for community mental health services in New South Wales.

What we do

  • Consult with consumers, carers and the sector
  • Represent the views of the sector to influence systemic change
  • Build capacity through collaboration and workforce development
  • Inform the sector on strategic directions in community mental health
  • Research, publish and report on current directions in the sector
  • Provide high quality training in response to workforce needs
  • Support and nurture members to deliver trauma-informed recovery-oriented services


People living with mental health conditions are supported to live meaningful lives in the communities of their choice.


Promote mental health and wellbeing in NSW by championing a strong community mental health sector through leadership, advocacy and support.

Our Strategy

Mental Health Coordinating Council has a comprehensive strategic plan, guided by our vision - for people with mental health conditions to be supported to live meaningful lives in the communities of their choice. Our Board of Directors is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Strategic Plan and our CEO reports regularly on progress.

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Our Values



We are honest, ethical and accountable in everything we do.


We listen, respect the contribution of others and work with our partners to advance our vision.



We are credible, influential and strategic.


Make a positive difference, drive reform, sustainability and system improvements.

Our Timeline



Representatives from six community mental health organisations begin monthly lunch meetings. Mental Health Coordinating Council is born.


The newly incorporated Mental Health Coordinating Council begins consulting with consumers and carers about reforms for mental health.


Our office relocates to the Rozelle Psychiatric Hospital site at Callan Park and we release the first FYI newsletter for the sector.


Mental Health Coordinating Council publishes the first edition of the NSW Mental Health Rights Manual.


The first Working Groups to inform the Mental Health Act Inquiry consultation process is established.


Our Learning & Development becomes an accredited Registered Training Organisation.


The Community Mental Health Drug & Alcohol Research Network is established with the Network of Alcohol & Other Drugs Agencies.


Mental Health Coordinating Council hosts the first Mental Health and National Disability Insurance Scheme Conference in NSW.


The first Workforce Report for the NSW community-managed mental health sector is released, after an extensive survey of the community workforce in 2019.

Our Governance


According to our Constitution, the Board has seven to nine Elected Directors and up to two Appointed Directors.

Elected Directors on the Board are representatives of member organisations who are elected by the membership for a term of three years. Directors can renominate at the end of their term to a maximum of three successive terms. The Board meets a minimum of six times a year.

Mental Health Coordinating Council Limited (ABN 59 279 168 647 and ACN 147 598 374) is a company limited by guarantee described in this Constitution and registered under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).

Mental Health Coordinating Council was formally constituted in 1986 and is currently accredited under the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards.




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Annual Reports

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Advocating for better policy and reform through submissions to government, human service agencies and key stakeholders.

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Our People

A diverse group of people with strong skillsets to support and advocate for community mental health services in New South Wales.

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