Commonwealth response to 'The hidden toll: suicide in Australia'

A strategic approach to suicide prevention: responding to the suicide inquiry recommendations

Page last updated: 2010

The Australian Government's suicide prevention efforts are not confined to the Health portfolio or the specific expenditure of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy (NSPS), through the National Suicide Prevention Program (NSPP).

Mental health services and programs, broader health initiatives such as Indigenous health programs, and drug and alcohol support also comprise an important platform from which Commonwealth programs across a range of portfolios contribute to efforts to prevent suicide. Commonwealth agencies administering programs for high risk groups and working in frontline service delivery also provide essential supports to people at risk of suicidal behaviour and protect against risk factors which may be associated with suicidality.

The following sections outline the Government's response to the 42 recommendations of the Senate Community Affairs References Committee report The Hidden Toll: Suicide in Australia.

Of the 42 recommendations the Government has already actioned six, has set in place initiatives to meet a further twenty, and will progress or consider the remaining recommendations in consultation with relevant stakeholders.

Recommendations and responses are grouped against six key themes, aligning with the key areas of consideration of the Senate Committee:

1. Funding and governance in suicide prevention

2. Suicide reporting and statistics

3. Service and initiatives to tackle suicide

4. Roles and workforce development

5. Reducing stigma and raising awareness

6. Suicide research