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  • About the survey

    Mental health consumers' experiences of health care have long been identified by services, consumers, carers and families as being important in understanding how health services are performing and to drive service quality improvement. Substantial work has been undertaken in Australia and internationally to establish processes that regularly capture information on the perspectives of consumers and their carers about the health care they receive.

    At the national level, there has been strong interest amongst the states and territories in the development of a standardised, national measure of mental health consumer experiences of care which could support quality improvement, service evaluation and benchmarking between services.

    In 2010, the Australian Government Department of Health funded the National Consumer Experiences of Care project to develop a survey for use in public mental health services.

    This project resulted in the development of the Your Experience of Service (YES) survey instrument. The YES survey is designed to gather information from consumers about their experiences of care.  It aims to help mental health services and consumers to work together to build better services.

    The YES survey instrument is being made available by the Department for use by appropriate organisations that enter a licensing agreement specifying conditions of use which are aimed at promoting consistency of use and reducing the risk of multiple versions being used.

    It is anticipated that the YES survey will meet the high level of interest in the mental health sector in using a nationally, comparable experience of care measure.

    It is anticipated that, with ongoing experience in use of the survey instrument, that the survey instrument will be refined at some stage in the future.

    How do I apply for a licence to use the survey

    If you would like to use the survey please review the licencing agreement and complete the application form below.

    For further information on use of the YES survey please contact the

    The YES survey and accompanying guidelines can be found below.

    Forms and information

    YES survey

    PDF: YES sample survey
    PDF (467 KB)

    Sample survey instrument.

    Please note: All rights are reserved. This survey instrument or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the publisher.


    PDF YES survey guidelines
    PDF (1.24 MB)

    To accompany the distribution of the YES survey instrument
    Licencing agreement

    YES survey licencing agreement
    Word (614 KB)

    For organisations interested in accessing the YES survey instrument
    Application form
    YES survey application form

    Word (46.5 KB)

    Application for YES Survey

    Please submit all forms to the