Mental Health Information Strategy Standing Committee

With the dissolution of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and the Mental Health Principal Committee (MHPC), the Mental Health Information Strategy Standing Committee (MHISSC) and its sub-committees have now ceased. Please contact the MHISSC Secretariat for more details.

MHISSC background

The Mental Health Information Strategy Standing Committee (MHISSC) provides advice to the Mental Health Principal Committee (MHPC) of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (AHMAC).

MHISSC brings together jurisdictional mental health data representatives and key stakeholders including consumers, carers, clinicians, peak bodies and key organisations. The Committee provides a national collaborative forum for the development and implementation of national initiatives in mental health information, and provides expert technical advice and recommendations for the information requirements of the National Mental Health Strategy.

Reporting structure

The work of the MHISSC relies on partnerships and linkages with a number of committees including the Safety and Quality Partnership Standing Committee (SQPSC), the Standing Committee on Performance and Reporting (SCPR) and the National Health Information Standards and Statistics Committee (NHISSC). More information about the reporting relationships between health sector committees is available at the link below.

Health sector committees reporting relationships

Your Experience of Service survey instrument

Under the guidance of MHISSC the Your Experience of Service (YES) survey instrument was developed to measure mental health consumers' experiences of care and to understand how mental health services are performing.

More information about the YES survey can be found on the Your Experience of Service survey instrument section.

Terms of Reference

The role of the MHISSC is to provide expert technical advice and, where required, recommend policy for consideration by the MHPC.

The Mental Health Information Strategy Standing Committee will:

Mental health information advice

  • Provide advice on the implementation of mental health information development priorities outlined under the current National Mental Health Plan and National Mental Health Information Development Priorities document or other relevant national policies.
  • Provide strategic advice on priority areas for information development that support the implementation of national mental health policies and priorities.
  • Provide expert technical advice on mental health data and information to relevant health data and information groups as directed by MHPC.

National monitoring and reporting

Development and management of national data collections

  • Provide advice on maintenance of current national mental health data collections, and work within the requirements and processes of NHISSC to ensure appropriate ongoing maintenance and support of those National Minimum Data Sets (NMDS) and associated meta-data.
  • Provide advice and lead work on further developing mental health data collections, including the National Outcomes and Casemix Collection (NOCC) and the establishment of new mental health National Minimum Data Sets.

Communication and collaboration

  • Establish and maintain connections between mental health information and national health information processes through NHIPPC and relevant subcommittees e.g. NHISSC.
  • Establish a functional collaborative relationship with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) and the Safety and Quality Partnership Standing Committee (SQPSC) to ensure mental health information development and safety and quality information development are informed by each other.
  • Establish and maintain connections with relevant government, private sector and non-government agencies and organisations and provide expert advice on mental health information development and reporting across these sectors.
  • Maintain a watching brief on relevant national information initiatives and identify opportunities for collaboration by MHPC.
  • Provide MHPC with regular progress reports on the MHISSC work plan.


Specialist and diverse knowledge is required on MHISSC. MHISSC members bring with them a wide range of experience in issues related to mental health.

The membership of MHISSC is endorsed annually by MHPC. The current membership of MHISSC consist of:

  • The Chair, a jurisdictional representative appointed by MHPC
  • State and territory jurisdictional representatives
  • Commonwealth Department of Health (Health)
  • Commonwealth Department of Social Services (DSS)
  • Private Mental Health Alliance (PMHA)
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
  • Review of Government Service Provision (RoGSP)
  • Australian Commission on Safety in Quality and Health Care (ACSQHC)
  • A mental health consumer representative
  • A mental health carer representative
  • Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA) to represent the non-government organisation (NGO) sector
  • Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA).


Secretariat support is provided by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Mental Health and Palliative Care Unit, Canberra. 

Secretariat contact details
Postal address MHISSC Secretariat
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
GPO Box 570


(02) 6249 5136


(02) 6244 1299

Email address MHISSC Secretariat