Expression of Interest (EOI) Request

Diverse Communities Roundtable & Working Group

– June 2022 to February 2023 –


Download this information as a flyer: Diverse Communities Roundtable & Working Group.pdf



About the Working Group

The Department of Health (Mental health and Wellbeing Division) is seeking two Register members to join the Diverse Communities’ Working Group. The Working Group will guide the development of the Diverse Communities’ Mental Health & Wellbeing Framework and Blueprint for Action (see page 261 of vol. 3 of the Royal Commission’s final report for more information).


The Division is inviting Working Group participants to attend eight 2-hour Working Group meetings, held monthly, starting in late June. The final meeting will be in early February 2023.


Members of the Working Group will be asked to do pre-reading and potentially provide out-of-session advice (TBC). Working Group members will be reimbursed for their time preparing, briefing and in meeting.


About the Roundtable

The engagement will also involve the two members of the Register joining a one-off 2-hour roundtable on the Monday 20 June, 1pm to 3pm to discuss engagement approaches for the development of the Framework and Blueprint. See ‘About the Diverse Communities Roundtable – Monday 20 June 2022’ on the next page for more detail.


Desired participants from Tandem

To ensure that the Working Group brings an intersectional lens to the engagement, the Department of Health are seeking two family members, carers or supporters with lived experience who identify with any diverse intersectional identities and communities including:

  • First Nations peoples

  • Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities

  • LGBTIQA+, non-binary, and gender diverse communities

  • Disability, All Abilities communities

  • Neurodiverse communities

  • If you live in a rural or regional area


    About the Diverse Communities Roundtable – Monday 20 June 2022

    An Invitation from the Department of Health, Mental Health & Wellbeing Division


    The Mental Health & Wellbeing Division at the Victorian Department of Health invites TANDEM to appoint two

    lived experience carer representatives to attend the Diverse Communities’ Engagement Roundtable on Monday 20 June 2022 from 1pm to 3pm.


    In line with the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, the Department of Health is developing a Diverse Communities’ Mental Health & Wellbeing Framework and Blueprint for Action (chapter 21.6.2, p. 261, volume 3).


    As per Recommendation 34(1) of the Royal Commission’s final report, the Department of Health is committed to

    ensuring that we are actively engaging with Victoria’s diverse communities in the mental health reforms.


    The Diverse Communities team is seeking to consult with lived experience representatives regarding our engagement approach for the development of the Framework and Blueprint for Action. The Roundtable will focus on the who, how, when and where we engage with community members and the sector. Please note that this Roundtable will not focus on the content of the Framework and Blueprint for Action, and instead will focus on engagement.


    Lived experience is at the heart of our work, and we value the insights that carers can offer in informing our work. We believe that it will help shape an engagement approach that ensures lived experience carers have a strong voice in the development of the Framework and Blueprint for Action.



    The engagement is classified as an opportunity that involves collaborating and empowering people using their lived experience, rates as follows:


  • Half day $218 (up to 4 hours)

  • Full day $435 (over 4 hours)


    What else you might like to know:

    • Register participants will be provided with peer support during the sessions as well as opportunity to provide written feedback/insights after, if you do not feel comfortable sharing in-session

    • Register participants will be reimbursed for their time in-line with the Pay Scale developed in agreement between the Department of Health, Tandem and VMIAC. Please contact Tandem for further detail

    • Please note, these engagements aim to include wide representation from sector and community stakeholders, including organisations and individuals, and a diversity of opinions and voices.


    Next steps – How to express your interest as a Tandem Participation Register member

    Please send your expression of interest with subject line Diverse Communities Roundtable and Working Group in a reply email to [email protected] by 9pm, Monday 13 June 2022 (Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday) including:


    1. Your full name

    2. Preferred contact email to be provided to the Department (for the online meeting invite, engagement updates and any pre-reading)

    3. If you identify with any intersectional communities including First Nations peoples, Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, LGBTIQA+, non-binary, and gender diverse communities, Disability, All Abilities communities, Neurodiverse communities, if you live in a rural or regional area

    4. A few words (up to 250 words) about why you would like to contribute to this mental health and wellbeing reform engagement opportunity

    5. Your capacity to attend:

      • One 2-hour Roundtable - Monday 20 June, 1pm to 3pm and/or

      • Eight 2-hour Working Group meetings - held monthly - from late June to early February 2023 (dates/times TBA)*


    *Important note about the EOI Selection Process and Confirmation of Working Group Dates/Times Please indicate your tentative availability to participate monthly from June to February. We will update all interested applicants with the confirmed dates/times as soon as we’re informed.


    We will select participants for the Roundtable (Monday 20 June, 1pm to 3pm) first. We will work with you and the small pool of applicants to select two Register members to participate in the Working Group and notify the outcome to all applicants.


    Scheduling of this engagement is outside of our control. We continue to advocate for engagement schedules (dates and times) to be confirmed as soon as possible.




    If you have any questions about this Register engagement opportunity, please do not hesitate to contact: Elissa Stanovic (she/her) | Tandem Participation Register Coordinator – Available Monday to Friday (except Thursdays) E [email protected] | P 03 8803 5555


    The Tandem Support and Referral Line provides support, information and referral to the family members, friends and carers of people living with mental health challenges.