The Mental Health Tribunal

Functions of the Tribunal

The primary function of the Tribunal is to determine whether the criteria for compulsory mental health treatment as set out in the Mental Health Act 2014 apply to a person. The Tribunal makes a Treatment Order for a person if all the criteria in the legislation apply to that person. The Tribunal will also determine:

  • Whether electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) can be performed on a person if they are considered to not have capacity to give informed consent to ECT, or if they are under the age of 18
  • A variety of matters relating to security patients
  • Transfers of treatment to other mental health services and
  • Applications to perform neurosurgery for mental illness.
Our Vision

That the principles and objectives of the Mental Health Act 2014 are reflected in the experience of consumers and carers.

Our Values

We are:

  • Collaborative
  • Fair
  • Respectful
  • Recovery focused.

Our Strategic Priorities

  1. Ensuring fair, consistent and solution focused hearings
  2. Promoting the realisation of the principles and objectives of the Mental Health Act 2014
  3. Using technology to make our processes more efficient and sustainable.


MHT 2018-2020 Strategic Plan

MHT Service Charter