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Mental Health Act

Welcome to the Mental Health Act 2000 Home Page. This site provides information about Queensland's mental health legislation. It has been designed to be used by anyone who needs an understanding of the Act.

About the Act

The Mental Health Act 2000 commenced on 28 February 2002, and replaced the Mental Health Act 1974.

It was been drafted to reflect contemporary clinical practice, international, national and state policy directions and broad community expectations.

The Act contains provisions for initiating involuntary assessment, authorising involuntary treatment, independent review of involuntary treatment and patient rights. It provides processes for admission of mentally ill offenders from court or custody and decisions about criminal responsibility where the person has a mental illness or intellectual disability. 

It also introduces notification orders and non-contact provisions for persons such as family members and victims of crime, as well as other provisions addressing community safety.

Under the Mental Health Act 2000 decision-making processes have been designed to ensure transparency and accountability.

Mental Health Act Review

The Mental Health Act 2000 is under review.  Find out more abouth the Mental Health Bill 2015.


The mental health website is being redeveloped

The information on the Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch and Mental Health Act 2000 sites has been redeveloped and will be published to the new whole of government internet structure on Monday 1 June 2015

There will be temporary redirections on all the main pages to give you time to update your bookmarks/favourites.  If you have any questions please email

Last Updated: 21 February 2014
Last Reviewed: 21 February 2014


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Download the latest version of the Queensland mental health legislation

Mental Health Act 2000 (PDF, 1570 KB) Mental Health Regulation 2002 (PDF, 286 KB)