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The Mental Health Act 2009 is main Act administered by the Chief Psychiatrist and the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist. The Mental Health Act 2009 and the following Acts are available on the South Australian Legislation website.

The Mental Health Act 2009 has a number of requirements to facilitate the administration of the Act and to protect and ensure that the rights of people with lived experience of mental illness are upheld. Essential requirements include:

Other requirements that facilitate the administration of the Act will be eventually included on this website.

The Chief Psychiatrist has delegated responsibilities under the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935. This responsibility includes delegated Ministerial Direction under the CLCA for the care of persons requiring forensic mental health care.

Other legislation that is relevant to the Mental Health Act 2009 and the role of the Chief Psychiatrist include the Guardianship and Administration Act 1993, Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care Act 1993 and the Advance Care Directives Act 2013.