Policy and strategy

Find out what suicide prevention policies and strategies are guiding Australia’s current approach to suicide prevention within health, organisational and community settings.

The Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan is the overarching document guiding suicide prevention activity at a national level. Each state and territory has its own suicide prevention strategy specific to the needs of the region and is guided by the national suicide prevention strategy.

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National policies

Preventing suicide is an agreed national policy priority. Significant reforms have occurred in Australia in the area of suicide prevention and it is agreed that an all-of-government response is required.

State and territory policies

Each Australian state and territory has its own suicide prevention strategy specific to the needs of the region and is guided by the National Suicide Prevention Strategy.

National Suicide Prevention Adviser's Final Advice

This page provides links to the Office of the Prime Minister’s National Suicide Prevention Adviser’s Final Advice.

Regional approaches to suicide prevention

An overview of the role of regional approaches to suicide prevention in Australia.

Zero Suicide Healthcare Framework

The Zero Suicide Healthcare Framework is a continuous quality improvement initiative and system-wide, organizational commitment to safer suicide care in health systems. The framework is based on the realization that suicidal individuals often fall through the cracks in a sometimes fragmented and distracted healthcare system. A systematic approach to quality improvement in these settings is both available and necessary.