Policy and strategy

Find out what suicide prevention policies and strategies are guiding Australia’s current approach to suicide prevention within health, organisational and community settings.

The Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan is the overarching document guiding suicide prevention activity at a national level. Each state and territory has its own suicide prevention strategy specific to the needs of the region and is guided by the national suicide prevention strategy.

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Preventing suicide is an agreed national policy priority. Significant reforms have occurred in Australia in the area of suicide prevention and it is agreed that an all-of-government response is required.

New South Wales

The Mental Health Commission of New South Wales’ Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014–2024 serves as the overarching framework for mental health and wellbeing for the period of 2014-2024.

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Suicide Prevention Strategic Framework 2018-2023 provides a vision for how everyone in the community can work together to reduce suicide.


The Shifting Minds: Queensland Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan 2018 - 2023 aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Queenslanders and to develop a renewed approach to suicide prevention.

South Australia

The South Australian Suicide Prevention Plan 2017-2021 builds on the strategies outlined within the previous South Australian suicide prevention plan 2012-2016.


The Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy (2016-2020) focuses on developing a whole-of-government and cross-sector approach to suicide prevention.


The Victorian Suicide Prevention Framework 2016-2025 is a whole-of-government approach to suicide and is one of the priorities outlined in Victoria’s 10-Year Mental Health Plan.

Western Australia

The Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025 provides a guide for mental health, suicide prevention, alcohol and other drug reform in Western Australia over a 10 year period.