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Victoria - Legislation

Mental Health Act 1986 (1987 - )

Principal Act

The Mental Health Act 1986 (59/1986) was "to provide for the care, treatment and protection of persons who are mentally ill, to establish a Mental Health Review Board, to define the role of the Department of Health with respect to mental health, to repeal the Mental Health Act 1959 and for other purposes.". The Act was implemented in stages from June until September 1987, and was amended numerous times since it was assented to in 1986.


 1929 - 1959 Lunacy Act 1928
 1939 - 1959 Mental Deficiency Act 1939
       1959 - 1962 Mental Hygiene Act 1958
       1959 - 1962 Mental Deficiency Act 1958
             1962 - 1987 Mental Health Act 1959
                   1987 - Mental Health Act 1986

Sources used to compile this entry: Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - Victorian Legislation', 1 February 2013, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.

Prepared by: Christine Moje