The National Psychosocial Support Measure

Page last updated: 26 October 2018

In the 2017-18 Budget the Australian Government committed $80 million over four years for the National Psychosocial Support (NPS) measure. The purpose of the NPS measure is to provide psychosocial support services to assist people with severe mental illness resulting in reduced psychosocial functional capacity who are not more appropriately funded through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The Commonwealth component of the NPS measure will be implemented through purpose specific funding to Primary Health Networks (PHN) to commission these new services. The PHN commissioned services will need to be implemented in a flexible way to complement the State and Territory funded psychosocial support. .

The overarching objectives of the NPS measure is to:

  • Support people with severe mental illness and associated psychosocial functional impairment, who are not more appropriately supported through the NDIS.
  • Improve access to psychosocial support services, mental health outcomes and equity in service availability for the target cohort.
  • Reduce the avoidable need for more intense and acute health services and enhance appropriate/optimal use of the health system.
It is anticipated that Commonwealth services will commence from January 2019 following the establishment period.

The Commonwealth has committed the following funding to be distributed to the 31 PHNs:
2017-18 ($m)
2018-19 ($m)
2019-20 ($m)
2020-21 ($m)
4 Year total ($m)
New South Wales
2.48
7.59
7.71
7.83
25.61
South Australia
0.54
1.67
1.69
1.72
5.62
Western Australia
0.81
2.50
2.54
2.57
8.42
Tasmania
0.16
0.50
0.51
0.52
1.69
Australian Capital Territory
0.13
0.40
0.40
0.41
1.34
Northern Territory
0.08
0.24
0.24
0.24
0.80
Queensland
1.55
4.75
4.83
4.90
16.03
Victoria
1.99
6.09
6.19
6.28
20.55
TOTAL
7.74
23.74
24.11
24.47
80.06
* Note that the funding figures are rounded.

Follow the links to see how the States and Territories are implementing their component of the National Psychosocial Support measure:

New South Wales – no link available at this time

South Australia – no link available at this time

Western Australia – no link available at this time

Tasmania – Shaping new psychosocial support services

Australian Capital Territory – no link available at this time

Northern Territory – Northern Territory Housing Accommodation Support Initiative (NT HASI)

Queensland - Queensland mental health services

Victoria - no link available at this time

Header Agreement for the National Psychosocial Support measure

Header Agreement for the National Psychosocial Support measure (PDF 68 KB)
Header Agreement for the National Psychosocial Support measure (Word 27 KB)