The Commissioner

Head and shoulders of Timothy Marney

Timothy Marney was appointed as Mental Health Commissioner in February 2014.

Following the amalgamation of the Drug and Alcohol Office and the Mental Health Commission on
1 July 2015, Mr Marney is responsible for planning and commissioning the State’s mental health services, as well as planning, commissioning and delivery of alcohol and other drug services.

Mr Marney has led the development of the Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025, which maps out the optimal mix of contemporary and high quality services for Western Australians over the next 10 years.

A graduate of Murdoch University, Mr Marney has more than 20 years of experience in economics and finance with the State and Federal Governments. He joined the Western Australian Department of Treasury in 1993, where he held the position of Under Treasurer of Western Australia from 2005 to 2014.

In his role as Under Treasurer, Mr Marney gained an understanding of the health system and health reform initiatives. He also held responsibility for the State Government’s procurement agency, led the Government’s Economic Audit and subsequent reform of non-government service delivery.

Since 2008 Mr Marney has served on the board of beyondblue, a national depression and anxiety initiative, and has been deputy chair of the board since 2010.

Mental Health Commission Leaders Forum

Each year the leaders of Mental Health Commissions in Australia and New Zealand meet to share knowledge and identify ways to collaborate to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Communiques from recent forums are available below