Mental Health Act 2014

The mental health law in Western Australia is the Mental Health Act 2014 which commenced in November 2015. It relates to:

  • when a person can be provided with mental health treatment
  • the criteria for referring a person for an examination by a psychiatrist
  • when a person can be made an involuntary patient on an inpatient treatment order or a community treatment order
  • how inpatient treatment orders and community treatment orders operate
  • the rights of persons with mental illness and their personal support persons.

Mental Health Act 2014 resources are available to help key groups understand and apply the new law:

  • mental health professionals
  • referrers to mental health services
  • people experiencing a mental illness
  • people supporting a person with a mental illness
  • non-government organisations and private psychiatric hostels
  • transport officers