The ASU has recently lodged a submission on behalf of members for the Terms of Reference for the Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health.

This submission is a compilation of member’s feedback focussing on what is often the forgotten yet vital element of services, the workforce.

The ASU have argued that the state government cannot sit back and wait for the findings of the royal commission; they must inject much needed funding into psychosocial support services now and commit to keeping vital services funded for at least 2 years whilst we await the findings.

You can read the full submission here

The ASU also included a recommendation that the interrelation of the NDIS and community mental health is investigated.

It is expected the royal commission will commence in March but in the meantime the ASU, as the leading union for community mental health workers, will be actively pursuing a commitment from the state government to provide interim funding.

But we can’t do this alone, we need everyone to get behind this lobbying and have their voices heard.

If you know of anyone who is not yet a member speak to them now and encourage them to join you in the fight.  Joining is quick and easy and can be done online via

Why join?
Your work is the foundation of your life: doesn’t it make sense to protect it? The ASU protects your rights at work, provides expert advice and support and delivers members only savings and discounts. We are not-for-profit, member-owned and run. We exist only for the benefit of our members.

For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Joanne McEvoy | 0437 035 721 |

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