Commissioning is the cyclical process of planning, purchasing, managing and monitoring services with the aim of ensuring that every available dollar is allocated in the optimal manner. Under a commissioning model, the authority responsible for commissioning is independent of the agencies that provide services. This ensures that the commissioning authority is free to purchase services from the provider that is best placed to deliver them, irrespective of whether the provider is a public, for-profit or not-for-profit organisation.

The Mental Health Commission allocates more than $836 million each year to the provision of mental health, alcohol and other drug services in Western Australia and we are committed to purchasing personalised, high-quality and safe treatment and support. We have invested in a full range of services including prevention, community treatment and support, community bed-based, hospital-based and forensic services. 

WA Health is currently the largest provider of specialist mental health, alcohol and other drug services in Western Australia. In 2016/2017, the Mental Health Commission will spend $671 million in the purchase of specialist mental health, alcohol and other drug services from Health Service Boards. In the same period, the Commission will spend $161 million in the purchases of service from non-government organisations, and in the delivery of services through Next Step.

The Commission’s service agreements with service providers clearly articulate expected outcomes and service deliverables, activity volumes, budget allocations and accountability.

Organisations that wish to apply for tenders in the future should sign up to Tenders WA.

For information on the evaluation of Commission funded services and the Quality Management Framework, visit that page. 

For information about how to access mental health, drug and alcohol services, visit our Getting help page