Wellways talks to governments and mental health funders about things that matter to people affected by mental health issues. Our advocacy works to change systems, such as legislation and government policy, and to influence community attitudes.

Wellways invites the views and experiences of people that participate in our programs, their families, friends and carers, our advocacy members and our workers. We aim to influence policy, funding and practices in mental health.

Wellways provides organisational responses to government inquiries and other bodies. 

These submissions can be read here:

Date File name Submitted to
February 2017 The provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities related to a mental health condition Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS
December 2016 Response to discussion paper – New Disability Employment Services from 2018 Disability Employment Services (DES) program
December 2016 Submission on the Draft Service Model for delivery of integrated carer support services.

Department of Social Services

Update: Summary Report on the Public Consultation of the draft Service Delivery Model

December 2016 Open letter from Wellways Australia re: the draft Fifth National Mental Health Plan Australian Government Department of Health
October 2016

Wellways Response to the Victorian Treatment Planning Bill 2016

Sent to Hon Mary Wooldridge

December 2015 Our response to Victorian Government Mental Health Plan Victorian State Government Vic Health’s Website
October 2015 Submission to Independent Review of the NDIS Act Ernst & Young
September 2015 Submission on Victoria’s next 10 year mental health strategy discussion paper Victorian Department of Health and Human Services
August 2014 Submission on the Interim Report of the Reference Group on Welfare Reform to the Minister for Social Services Welfare Review, Welfare System Taskforce Department of Social Services
March 2013 Submission on the National Disability Insurance Scheme rules  
February 2013 Submission on the Regulation Impact Statement for the National Disability Insurance Scheme Council of Australian Governments (COAG)
February 2013 Improving the employment participation of people with disability in Australia Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
November 2012 Feedback to the Select Council on Disability Reform on developing an individual plan and assessment of support needs. Select Council on Disability Reform
September 2012 Feedback on the draft definitions of eligibility and reasonable and necessary support for the proposed National Disability Insurance Scheme Select Council on Disability Reform
July 2012 Response to framework for reform of the Victorian PDRSS sector Victorian Department of Health
July 2011 Inquiry into the Mental Health Barriers to Workforce Participation House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Employment