Since 1994, Commonwealth departments and agencies have reported on their performance as policy adviser, purchaser, employer, regulator and provider under the Commonwealth Disability Strategy. In 2007–2008, reporting on the employer role was transferred to the Australian Public Service Commission’s State of the Service Report and the APS Statistical Bulletin. These reports are available at www.apsc.gov.au. From 2010–11, agencies have no longer been required to report on these functions.
The Commonwealth Disability Strategy has been overtaken by a new National Disability Strategy 2010–2020 which sets out a ten year national policy framework to improve the lives of people with disability, promote participation and create a more inclusive society. A high level two-yearly report will track progress against each of the six outcome areas of the Strategy and present a picture of how people with disability are faring. The first of these reports was released in December 2015 and provides a high-level view of progress under the strategy. Further information can be found at www.dss.gov.au.
Although the Commission is not a public service care agency as defined by the Carer Recognition Act 2010, through its core functions and day to day work the Commission supports the Statement for Australia’s Carers and its 10 key principles that set out how carers should be treated and considered in policy, program and service delivery settings.
The Commission’s mission is to give mental health and suicide prevention national attention, to influence reform and to help people with lived experience of mental health issues live contributing lives. In doing so the Commission places the engagement of not only Australians living with mental health difficulties but their families, friends and other support people at the centre of its work to influence mental health policy and service improvements.