Policy and Advocacy

Suicide Prevention Australia works to create a better policy and funding environment for suicide prevention in Australia. To achieve this, we participate in opportunities for reform, develop positions on issues that matter to the sector, and engage in proactive thought leadership.

As national peak body, our policy approach represents the voice of the suicide prevention sector.  That means we work closely with our members, who number among the largest and smallest suicide prevention organisations and people with lived experience. We also work closely with Government decision-makers as well as stakeholders from not for profit organisations, the private sector, and the wider community.

Our National Policy Platform is our guiding framework for change and we have reflected on our road to reform to showcase key achievements and areas where more work needs to be done. Many of the key milestones over the past few years are due to collaboration with our many members who bring diverse and evidence-based solutions to the table.

Watch this video, Roadmap to Reform, which provides a summary of key achievements and highlights some critical gaps that need urgent Government attention.


Our National Policy Platform is our guiding framework for change. The platform calls for four key pillars which, if in place, will create an environment for suicide prevention reform. These are:

  • A whole of government, whole of community approach, where suicide prevention becomes everyone’s business
  • Lived experience leadership, expertise and insights integrated into all aspects of suicide prevention
  • Accurate, reliable, timely data on suicide, which will help the sector drive change in policy and interventions for suicide prevention
  • A cohesive workforce strategy for suicide prevention, so that everyone involved has the training and skills they need
Download the National Policy Platform