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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. EDUCATION.

Mental Health Coordinating Council is the leading voice for community-managed mental health organisations in New South Wales, championing best practice among member organisations across the state.

Through advocacy, we drive forward legislative and policy reform and systemic change that promotes improved health and wellbeing in the communities.

As a registered training organisation, we provide accredited training programs that supports organisations and individuals to deliver high quality mental health and related psychosocial and rehabilitation services.


People living with mental health challenges have access to quality support and opportunities to live meaningful lives.


Provide leadership, advocacy and education, and promote cross-sector collaboration that cultivates a workforce that is skilled and sustained to deliver safe and supportive care.

Our Strategic Plan

Mental Health Coordinating Council’s Strategic Plan 2024-2027 defines clear priorities and actions to advance the community-managed mental health sector over the next three years.

The plan emerged from extensive consultation with internal and external stakeholders, whose expertise and insights were sought across a broad spectrum of issues.

The Strategic Plan is built upon three pillars:

Leadership and Advocacy

Providing a strong voice for community-managed mental health organisations and advocating for co-designed services.

Capacity and Impact

Building capacity by cultivating a skilled and sustainable workforce, promoting a best-practice approach and by embedding research and data collection in organisational evaluation and funding programs.

Sustainability and Effectiveness

Providing effective leadership by upholding robust governance, financial discipline and informed decision-making.

Under each pillar, strategic initiatives have been outlined to drive meaningful change.

Language Disclaimer
Mental Health Coordinating Council acknowledge the differences in the language and terminology used across the mental health, health, disability and other human services sectors. Likewise, across many disciplines, mental health practitioners and workers quite confusingly use different terminology and forms of expression. Throughout all our work MHCC endeavours to be consistent but sensitive to language used in a particular context. For the purposes of our Strategic Plan, we have used the term ‘people living with mental health challenges’ rather than ‘mental health conditions’ because the NSW consumer peak Being have expressed this as their preference. In some of our work more generally we will need to use other terms because of the necessity of other meaning or context.

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Our Values



We are ethical, transparent, accountable, and respectful.


We are credible, creative, influential, and strategic.



We lead the way on sector reform, sustainability, and systems improvement.

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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