Mental Health Commission

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Applying for Registration

If you are providing in-patient mental health services to people with a mental illness or mental disorder, your facility must be registered as an approved centre by the Mental Health Commission. It is against the law to operate an unregistered in-patient mental health service.

To apply for registration, please return a completed Application for Registration, including supporting documentation, to

If you are unsure if you need to register, please review our Registration Process, which explains how you can decide whether your facility needs to be registered by the Mental Health Commission. You can also complete an Operation as a Centre form and return it to the Mental Health Commission at

Registration Pack

Our Registration Process explains what types of facilities need to be registered, who can fill in the Application and how the Commission makes registration decisions.

All applications must be made on the Application for Registration provided here. Applications must be complete, including all applicable supporting documentation. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.                       

Registration Process

Application for Registration

The Mental Health Act 2001 and Approved Centres Regulations

Registration requires ongoing compliance with relevant parts of the Mental Health Act 2001, as amended, and regulations made under the Act.

Facilities applying to register for the first time must provide information on how they will comply with the regulation in Appendix 1 of the Application for Registration.

To assist approved centres in complying with the regulations, the Commission has developed the Judgement Support Framework as a guidance document to compliance.                            

Mental Health Act 2001

Approved Centres Regulations

Judgement Support Framework (JSF) - Version 4

Rules and Codes of Practice

As well as compliance with the regulations, approved centres must also comply with the rules governing the use of certain practices, such as electroconvulsive therapy, seclusion, and mechanical restraint.                                

The Commission has also developed codes of practice on a range of matters, including the use of physical restraint, admission, transfer and discharge and more.

Compliance with these rules and codes is evaluated as part of the approved centre’s annual regulatory inspection.







Rules Governing the Use of Electro-Convulsive Therapy

Rules Governing the Use of Seclusion and Mechanical Means of Bodily Restraint

Code of Practice on the use of Physical Restraint in Approved Centres

Code of Practice on the use of Electroconvulsive Therapy for Voluntary Patients

Code of Practice on Admission, Transfer and Discharge to and from an Approved Centre

Code of Practice on the Admission of Children under the Mental Health Act 2001

Quality and Saftey Notifications

As part of our remit to protect the interests and welfare of the users of mental health services, approved centres must submit quality and safety notifications to the Commission. These are in addition to statutory notifications required for detained patients.

Our Quality & Safety Notifications Requirements Document explains what is required, and all relevant forms are on our website at the link provided.

Quality and Safety Notifications under the Mental Health Act 2001 Requirements Document

Quality and Safety Notification Forms

National Standards for Mental Health Services

The Commission has developed the Quality Framework for Mental Health Services which helps all mental health services continuously improve the quality of their services.

Compliance with the Standards is not presently a requirement of registration, but all services are encouraged to use to the Standards as part of their quality improvement programmes.

Click here for more information about the National Standards for Mental Health Services.

Additional Information

For more information about approved centres, you can view the current Register of Approved Centres.

If you have any questions about approved centre registration, please email us at the email address provided.

Click here for the Register of Approved Centres



Contact Details

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Ph: 353(1) 636 2400

Fax: 353(1) 636 2440

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