The Australian Government has a long-standing commitment to supporting the development of the Lived Experience workforce. A thriving mental health Lived Experience workforce is considered a vital component of quality, recovery-focused mental health services.
The Lived Experience (Peer) Workforce Development Guidelines have been developed by the Commission under Action 29 of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.
The Guidelines are primarily intended to inform decision makers, including employers and funding bodies and to support change across the mental health sector by improving understanding of the benefits of the Lived Experience workforce and by supporting employers to assess their local readiness and prioritise activities that support successful implementation.
The Guidelines and their companion documents are aimed at building understanding and providing guidance on how the Lived Experience workforce can be grown and supported at the local level. They are the result of extensive consultation and a co-production process to ensure that national standards for Lived experience workforce development are grounded in the expertise of lived experience.