Role Description and Selection Criteria

Please note: Expressions of interest closed at 11.59pm Friday 4 January 2019

The Mental Health Community Advisory Council is established under the Mental Health Commission Act 2012. Its role is to advise the Commission on any mental health issue it considers appropriate or that is referred to it by the Commission. The Commission is now seeking expressions of interest (EOIs) for short-term appointments as members of the Community Advisory Council. Council members are appointed by the Minister for Mental Health.

Key accountabilities include:

  • Prepare for and attend four full-day meetings per year at the Commission’s offices.
  • Provide specialist guidance, policy advice and support to the Commission as requested on relevant issues and projects related to specific areas of expertise.
  • Maintain linkages with key stakeholder groups and sector representatives and report back on issues of concern at meetings.

Expressions of interest are sought widely from people in NSW. To fill current vacancies, applicants must be reflect the views of, and ideally identify as a member of, one of the following groups:

  • The human services sector (non-mental health)
  • Aboriginal people
  • People identifying as LGBTIQ+
  • Carers, families and kinship groups with lived experience
  • People with lived experience of mental health issues
  • Young people (for this short-term appointment, applications are welcome from representatives of organisations working with young people) 

Please ensure that your application sets out your relevant experience and expertise and ability to represent these groups.

Over the period of this appointment the Commission’s work will be focused on the priorities of the Commission’s Key Directions 2018-2023 and its response to the recommendations of its five-year statutory review. The core functions of advocacy, strategic planning and systemic reviews will characterise most of its work.  

To fill current vacancies, successful applicants will be appointed from early 2019 until 30 November 2019, when the entire membership of the Council will be refreshed. Existing members will be welcome to reapply at this time.   

Eligible appointees will attract a daily fee of $220, subject to change as per Premier Memorandum. Public servants are not eligible for daily fees. Read the Remuneration Policy here.

For more information please contact Katrina Davis on 9859 5221 or at  

If you require adjustments to participate equitably in the application and selection process please contact Katrina Davis.

How to apply

To apply:

  1. Complete the form here
  2. Attach your resume (no more than five pages)
  3. Attach a letter (no more than two pages) addressing the following selection criteria
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role and objectives of the NSW Mental Health Commission.
  • Demonstrated use of extensive professional and/or community networks to develop considered responses to government policy, identify priorities for reform, and advocate for change.
  • Demonstrated lived and/or professional expertise in one or more areas of the Commission’s work.

Please note: Expressions of interest closed at 11.59pm Friday 4 January 2019

Selection will be made on the basis of submitted applications.

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Last updated: 8 January 2019